Riverside Animal Centre in Beddington inundated with cats
A tom cat found suffering in the wild, is one of dozens needing a new home as a wildlife centre finds itself inundated with cats.
Harley was brought in to the Riverside Animal Centre in Beddington in early September with such badly matted fur he needed to have it shaved in order to treat underlying skin problems.
Ted Burden, the centre’s manager, said he was malnourished and suffering from a gastro-intestinal infection, which has been treated with antibiotics.
He said: "Harley is a very gentle and loving cat who now needs to find a home with people who can offer him the care and attention he deserves."
The animal centre is currently swamped with cats that need a good home.
Mr Burden added: "Cats come to us for a variety of reasons. Many are found in bad condition such as Harley who was rescued in the Wallington area.
"There just seems to be a lot of people moving out of their homes into rented accommodation and leaving their cats behind.
"It seems more people are becoming allergic to cats. We get a lot of calls from mums because their children are allergic."
The centre vaccinates, neuters and microchips all cats before they are homed.
The vets’ bills for cats alone are over £20,000 which is placing a strain on the wildlife centre’s finances at a time when people’s generosity is declining.
The centre is appealing for donations of cat food to help them cover food and veterinary bills.
They will hold a cat re-homing afternoon from 2-4pm on Sunday, October 7, at the centre in Beddington Park.
For more information visit riversideanimalcentre.org or to book an appointment to view a cat, call the Pet Unit on 020 8669 8877.
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