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Cat crisis for the man who cares for 250 felines a year

He's provided a loving home for thousands of unwanted cats for the last 15 years. But now a charity worker is urgently seeking help after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Ron Ayres runs the rescue centre from his rented home in Brighton and cares for up 250 cats each year. Today he said he fears for the future, and the animals, unless new premises can be found.

Family of cats dumped near sewage works

Family of cats abandoned in cat carrier Credit: RSPCA

A family of ginger cats have been abandoned in a cat carrier next to sewage works in Dorset.

A mother cat and two four-month old kittens were found by the roadside on a lane that leads up to Sherborne’s household recycling centre this week.

The cats were found to be crawling with fleas and are now being cared for by the RSPCA.

Anyone with any further information about this incident can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

We understand that sometimes people can face unexpected difficulties in life and this can mean a crisis when it comes to their pets but there are organisations out there that can help when times get tough and there is no excuse to dump any animal in this way. People need to be aware that not only are incidents such as this unthinking and callous but they are also a criminal offence.

– RSPCA inspector Ken Snook


Kittens buried under rubbish and left to die

The kittens were buried underneath rubbish Credit: Happy Cats Rescue

Five kittens are recovering after being buried under rubbish and left to die. They were found by a member of the public in a small cardboard box. It was buried under rubbish beside bins in Basingstoke.

The kittens were crying to be fed, underweight and cold. Happy Cat Rescue at Bordon took the animals in. They have been hand-reared for the past six weeks - bottle fed every two hours. One of the kittens died, but the others are now said to be 'flourishing'.

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Call for cats to be neutered to stop unwanted kittens

Here's a startling fact. A single female cat can become parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent to up to 20 thousand descendants in just five years. Yes, you read that right. Twenty thousand cats.

And that's why animal charities are becoming over-run and are calling for drastic solutions. Cat Chat - the Kent-based charity - wants more vets to offer neutering or spaying for free, or at least at low cost.

David Johns has been to one cat rescue centre to see the extent of the problem.

He spoke to cat rehomer Sharon Weller and Sir Roger Gale MP.

'Drastic solutions' needed as charities are overrun with cats

A Kent-based charity is calling for drastic solutions Credit: ITV

A single female cat can become parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and so on for thousands of descendants in just five years.

And that's why animal charities are becoming overrun with them, and are calling for drastic solutions. Cat Chat - the Kent-based charity - wants more vets to offer neutering or spaying for free.... or at least at low cost.

We will have an item from David Johns this afternoon.


Cat shot dead by air rifle in Bournemouth

A cat has been shot dead by an air rifle in Bournemouth - and a £1000 reward has been put forward.

The cat was shot at between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5th December in the Southbourne area of the town.

The cat was hit by a pellet from an air rifle Credit: Dorset Police

The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.

This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.

A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

– Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

One-eyed kitten ready for new home

Munchkin has one eye Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA in Buckinghamshire is searching for a new home for a one-eyes kitten called Munchkin.

Munchkin came to the RSPCA in July 2014 as one of four three-week-old kittens. Their mum, Lucy, also came into the care of the charity, but one of her kittens sadly died before the RSPCA was contacted.

Munchkin, now five months old, was smaller than his two sisters and always wanted feeding. All of the cats had fleas and Munchkin was also missing a left eye.

The RSPCA said: "Munchkin’s surgery was carried on on 16 October. It was highly risky but the plucky kitten got stronger afterwards and put on weight. His recovery continued and we are now looking for a new home for him."

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