Orpington cat rescue centre feels the strain of nationwide ‘cat crisis’

PUBLISHED: 10:07 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:07 24 April 2014

More cats need homes than ever before. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

More cats need homes than ever before. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

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RSPCA animal centres are facing a national ‘cat crisis’, with more cats being taken in and fewer people adopting them than ever before.

A new report called “Tackling the Cat Crisis” revealed that the number of cats entering the RSPCA increased from 29,269 in 2010 to 31,556 in 2012.

In the same time span, the number of new homes for cats declined by 10 per cent.

At the end of 2013, the RSPCA was having to rely on private boarding to home 30pc of the abandoned cats in its care.

Bromley has been no exception to this crisis, with local cat rescue centres and shelters stretched to the limit as they try and care for cats.

Silvana Locke, owner of Romney House Cat Rescue in Downe, Orpington, said: “It’s horrendous at the moment. I have been doing this for 18 years and last year was bad but this year is even worse. The message on neutering is definitely not strong enough.”

“Where the rescue centres are so full I think the only thing people can do is to leave cats behind, I think land lords not allowing pets is a problem too.

“There’s lots of added reasons why it’s so bad. This time of year, especially with kitten season, we are all struggling. Rescue centres around us are taking in more than they should.”

RSPCA branch support specialist Becky Blackmore said: “Our RSPCA branches are run by local volunteers and they are often on the receiving end of frustration when the public ask us to take on their unwanted cats.

“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.”

For information on adopting one of the cats at Romney House Cat Rescue, visit

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