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RSPCA centres in and around Sheffield are facing a cats crisis, with unprecedented numbers needing new homes.

The problem is so bad some centres can take in no more, and have large numbers of cats waiting for homes.

RSPCA Lara

RSPCA Lara

Peter Bolton, for the RSPCA in the Midlands and North, said: “We have more cats than ever, and our centres are full with cats and kittens needing homes.”

He added: “Owners are failing to get their cats neutered and this leads to more and more unwanted kittens.”

In Sheffield the RSPCA at Attercliffe is currently caring for 78 cats - with many more on waiting lists. The branch has taken in 345 cats this year and rehomed 284.

Barnsley RSPCA has 43 cats with fosterers and has dealt with 140 this year.

The Doncaster and Rotherham branch has 25 cats in its main cattery, with four in isolation and a further 32 in foster homes. This year the centre has dealt with 290 cats.

And in Chesterfield the centre has 56 cats and is full.

Cats up for adoption in Sheffield include Lara and Trinny who came in together as part of a cruelty case in 2009, were signed over in 2010, and still need homes.

Manager Stella White said: “They illustrate the time it can take for animals to be legally allowed to be put up for rehoming.”

Call 0114 289 8050 to help.