‘ONE of the worst years on record’ is how a Lincolnshire branch of the RSPCA has described 2010 – after an influx of cats needing new homes.
The RSPCA Lincolnshire North East is now desperately seeking new homes for more than 23 cats, 19 of which are black in colour.
Lynn Wibberley, rehoming co-ordinator, said: “Last year was a really tough year, and I would say one of the worst in the 20 years I have spent with this branch.
“Kitten numbers were also extraordinarily high last year, we took in so many unwanted litters, it really was heartbreaking.”
In 2010 the branch had to find new homes for more than 300 cats which had either been abandoned or were victims of cruelty, compared to around 100 in 2009.
In one case, the branch took in more than 30 cats from one ownner - but there have been few people coming forward to offer loving homes in Lincolnshire.
The cats currently in their care have all been picked up by RSPCA inspectors.
Lynn added: “We’re appealing to the public to give a thought to the animals that have been neglected and abandoned and offer some help, either through adoption or making a small donation, it really makes a huge difference.
The branch, based in Cleethorpes, also cares for eight rabbits and 10 dogs.
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