The RSPCA branch in Tameside and Glossop has announced it is facing a cat crisis, blaming the rising cost of owning pets.
The animal charity confirmed this week that pressure was escalating as it had 27 felines in its care and had reached capacity.
Volunteers who run the branch are calling on the public for help and have made an urgent appeal to anyone interested in adopting a cat or kitten to get in touch.
Tameside and Glossop RSPCA reported that cat intake was up on last year, revealing it had looked after 193 felines so far in 2013.
The emergency is believed to be caused by owners giving up cats because they can no longer afford to keep them, due to a change in their financial circumstances, high veterinary bills or cat pregnancies.
Peter Bolton, animal operations manager for the RSPCA in the Midlands and the North, said: “Our staff across the region whether they are in an RSPCA centre, branch, hospital or are a field officer they all say the same – we are dealing with a cat crisis and it is getting worse.
“It is simply that more injured and abandoned cats are coming into RSPCA care than are going out. It is really sad because these problems could be avoided if owners just acted responsibly.
“The RSPCA like other charities, needs help from the public – so please if anyone is thinking about taking on a cat, come to the RSPCA first – we have literally thousands looking for new homes and a second chance.
“Even if you cannot take a cat on full time, members of the public are being urged to perhaps become a cat fosterer and offer short-term homes to the felines which branches and centres simply don’t have the room for.”
For more information, contact Glossop and Tameside RSPCA on 07954 122481 or visit rspca-tameside-glossop.org.uk.