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Abandoned kittens taken in by Bromsgrove home doubles
4:40pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
THE manager of a Bromsgrove animal centre says the influx of abandoned kittens into their home is a worrying trend that needs to be halted.
Neil Edwards, manager of the Blue Cross Animal Adoption Centre, was commenting on the news that the number of homeless and unwanted kittens cared for at the Catshill-based centre had nearly doubled in the last year.
Compared to four-years-ago the number of stray cats rescued by the Blue Cross had rocketed by 69 per cent.
The Bromsgrove centre has been following the trend nationally as there has been a 70 per cent increase in kittens born at centres, after their pregnant mothers were found abandoned or brought in by owners struggling to cope.
The Blue Cross have launched a national campaign to reverse this trend.
The Big Neutering Campaign is aiming to stamp out irresponsible breeding by encouraging cat owners to have their pets neutered.
Worryingly a poll carried out by the Blue Cross has revealed a third of pet owners questioned, whose pets had not been neutered, said they simply felt it was not necessary.
But 20 per cent of cat owners, and 16 per cent of dog owners, claim their pets had been caught out by an unexpected litter.
Mr Edwards said: “The number of pets being treated as disposable items is both shocking and sad.
“So many more are being abandoned outside our centre or dumped like rubbish and left to fend for themselves.
“The problem is there are simply too many pets and too few good homes. Supply is greater than demand, and every year we’re seeing an increase in the need for our services.
“While charities like Blue Cross will always be there to give needy pets a healthy, happy future we must stop this worrying trend so pets are not disposed of like rubbish and owners agree that neutering their pet is the norm.”
For more details on the campaign, or to make a donation, see bluecross.org.uk/neuter.