RSPCA reveals 462 cats were taken to East Riding in 2020
There was a 166% increase in searches for cats on the RSPCA’s FindAPet website after the first year of the pandemic (March 2020 issue 114,316 compared to January 2021 issue 304,300).
In East Yorkshire, 462 cats were adopted in 2020.
This month marks Adoptober, when the RSPCA shines a light on the animals in its care looking for homes, and with more cats in the charity than any other pet, it means ‘there are a lot of feline friends looking to be adopted.
Sam Gaines, RSPCA Companion Animal Team Leader, said: âIt’s great to see so many people interested in adopting RSPCA cats. The lockdown has really brought to light the close bond we have with our pets and for many people their pets have become a real source of comfort in these trying times.
âWe have seen a huge increase in the number of pet owners over the past year and while it is positive that so many people want to adopt a pet, we would like to stress the importance of do your research to make sure you have the time, patience, and money to care for this animal for the rest of its life.
âOur centers and branches are seeing a lot of cats being entrusted to them at the moment. This could be due to the end of the kitten season when most cats are born or, more worryingly, it could be because people who bought cats on impulse earlier in the year are now struggling to get there. to face.
“However, we urge anyone who has done their research thoroughly and wishes to take a rescue cat to consider adopting RSPCA.”
Cats seeking a home in East Yorkshire at the moment include:
Captain Jack Sparrow – Jack was named after the main character in Pirates of the Caribbean because he only has one eye. He was taken into the care of RSPCA Bridlington and the district branch after being found wandering with a badly damaged eye in July.
On the advice of the veterinarian, this was deleted. He healed wonderfully but when he arrived at the cattery he started to sneeze and breathe strangely. After extensive testing and medication, it was discovered that he had a calicivirus which causes symptoms resembling those of feline flu. It broke out due to stress and will likely move into a house. The virus cannot be treated but can be managed. Jack will have to be the only cat in a house and must be an indoor cat.
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Ziggy – He was placed in the care of RSPCA Bridlington and District Branch in May of a house that had over 80 cats! For this reason, he did not attract much attention and is not used to human contact. He is very shy but comes back slowly.
Staff work with him using his favorite treats. When these are available, he will come out and even now take treats from their hands.
He will be a bit of a project cat, but a very rewarding experience for someone to relocate him and help him come out of his shell.
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