AN RSPCA animal centre is desperate to find loving homes for more than 60 adorable cats, as they struggle to deal with a surge in numbers dumped by their former owners.
Chesterfield Animal Centre is currently looking after more than a third more cats than they did this time last year and are searching for families to take the moggies on.
Julie Schofield, fundraising officer and volunteer co-ordinator at the branch, said: “We have an unprecedented number of cats and kittens in our care at the moment and we really need to find them new homes as quickly as possible.
“We are up by a third on the numbers compared to this time last year, which is very worrying.
“To have 60 cats and kittens in our care is quite staggering and these figures include nursing mums, pregnant mums and of course kittens.
“It is absolutely heart-breaking that these poor cats, especially the mums-to-be, have just been dumped and left to fend for themselves.”
The centre is using temporary foster carers to look after many of the cats, but staff hope animal lovers come forward to offer them permanent homes.
In a bid to rehome them as soon as possible, staff have organised an open day for prospective owners to have a look at the felines.
The Kitten Krazy Weekend takes place at the centre on Spital Lane, Chesterfield on Saturday, July 2, between 11am and 3pm.
As well as an opportunity for visitors to meet the kittens and cats, there will be refreshments, themed stalls and games.
Staff will also provide a one-off free drop-in microchipping service for cat owners.
Julie said: “We are hoping that lots of people will come along and support the Kitten Krazy Weekend and that we will find loving new homes for all of them.”
Those interested in taking on a cat should call the Chesterfield Animal Centre on 01246 273358 and arrange an appointment.
The centre is running a micro-chipping promotion throughout June. Appointments can be made at a discounted price of £6.99.