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Animal charity rehomes record number of cats in Burnley and Pendle

AN animal charity has rehomed a record number of cats following an appeal in the Lancashire Telegraph.

The Burnley and Pendle branch of Cats Protection was inundated with calls from people offering new homes to abandoned kittens after our front page story last month.

The group had admitted it was struggling to cope with the amount of stray and unwanted cats landing on its doorstep after rescuing 14 moggies in just two days.

Welfare officer Leanne Laycock said she was grateful for the response from across East Lancashire.

She said: “We would all like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contacted us. It’s made a real difference. We have now found homes for all of the cats that were in care at the time.

“This means we can help even more cats than we expected and take more unwanted cats of the street.

“Our drivers have been so busy dropping them off to their new homes, it’s been difficult for us to keep us as I work full-time but we’re doing our best.

“A lot of cats we are asked to take are pregnant or with kittens, including lots of cats stray due to looking for potential mates and never find their way back.

“This could all be avoided by having the cats neutered or spayed from six months old and Cats Protection can help with this.”

The charity, run entirely by its 22 volunteers, has a waiting list of more than 150 cats which owners want to get rid of, but only 12 spaces in its foster carers’ homes.

Andy Richards, from the Blackburn and District branch, said attracting volunteers and fundraising was still a problem for his team.

He said: “The branch is a small, relatively new one that has to raise all its running costs itself, so fundraising events are a vital life-line.

“The branch would be delighted to hear from you if you can help. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you will be contributing to the welfare of local cats in real need of help.”

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2:31pm Sat 2 Feb 13

jimpy0 says...

finding new homes does not solve the growing problem, only a policy of automatic humane destruction of the hundreds of strays/unwanteds
finding new homes does not solve the growing problem, only a policy of automatic humane destruction of the hundreds of strays/unwanteds jimpy0
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7:23pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Ian123xyz says...

Sounds like a very effective branch, well done. Some are like little private clubs and achieve very little.

As far as possible neutering is the way to go to reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals.
Sounds like a very effective branch, well done. Some are like little private clubs and achieve very little. As far as possible neutering is the way to go to reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals. Ian123xyz
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8:20pm Sat 2 Feb 13

davidinburnley says...

1. Jimpy - would you apply your policy of 'humane destruction' to stray and unwanted humans too? Animals have every right to live. If they cause slight hassle to humans then that's our problem, not theirs and they should not be 'humanely destroyed' just because it's easier for us.
2. I'm really pleased this branch is doing so well and that there are so many people willing to look after and care for animals that otherwise might fall into the cruel hands of people like the one mentioned above.
3. I wish the LET would employ a proof reader / learn to spell / study the correct grammar of our language!
1. Jimpy - would you apply your policy of 'humane destruction' to stray and unwanted humans too? Animals have every right to live. If they cause slight hassle to humans then that's our problem, not theirs and they should not be 'humanely destroyed' just because it's easier for us. 2. I'm really pleased this branch is doing so well and that there are so many people willing to look after and care for animals that otherwise might fall into the cruel hands of people like the one mentioned above. 3. I wish the LET would employ a proof reader / learn to spell / study the correct grammar of our language! davidinburnley
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11:18am Sun 3 Feb 13

bigdee123 says...

more cats rehomed, no doubt the owners will let them out to foul thier neighbours gardens and wipe out local wildlife.
more cats rehomed, no doubt the owners will let them out to foul thier neighbours gardens and wipe out local wildlife. bigdee123
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