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Cat crisis in Cumbria

Cumbria is one of a number of regions facing a major cat crisis according to the RSPCA.

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RSPCA is "struggling on all fronts"

The RSPCA say that that the cat crisis could be due to a number of factors such as:

  • Owners can no longer afford to keep them and are giving them up
  • Owners can no longer afford to keep them and are giving them up
  • Many cats are falling pregnant and having large numbers of kittens because their owner failed to neuter them.

"The RSPCA is struggling on all fronts with this cat crisis. Our inspectors are being called out constantly to deal with sick, injured, neglected or abandoned cats; our hospitals are full with injured cats whose owners appeared to have dumped them; we have more cats than ever who have been cruelly treated and our centres across the region are just full with cats and kittens needing new homes.

"Please if anyone is thinking about taking on a cat, come to the RSPCA first - we have literally thousands looking for new homes and a second chance."

– Peter Bolton, Animal Operations Manager, RSPCA Midlands and North Region

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