Animal crisis in Kent

Kent rescue centres are becoming over-run by unwanted cats, dogs and other pets. They say they're now at crisis point.

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Animal rescue crisis in south-east

For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.

The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.

To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit

Five week old cat found abandoned in a taped box

Animal centres in Kent say they have run out of space to care for abandoned, sick or injured cats. This cat was found abandoned in a taped box when it was just five weeks old.

Becky Blackmore, from the RSPCA said, "our local RSPCA branches never put a cat to sleep if it can be rehomed. However, resources are now so stretched that we need the public to support us to ensure we can continue to provide this service for unwanted, abandoned sick and injured cats in Kent."


Kent over-run with unwanted cats

Cats such as this one are being left on the street by their owners Credit: PA Wire

The RSPCA in Kent is becoming over-run with abandoned cats.

A rapidly moving rental market means cats are being left behind as the owners move on to another property.

The animal shelter in Kent is full to capacity with more than 350 unwanted cats waiting for homes.

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