Following the recent death of his wife, an 80-year-old Kentish man is desperately seeking new homes for his 29 cats.
By, 19 May 2019
The man recently approached RSPCA's Canterbury and District Rehoming Centre to see if the charity would take on the clowder. Unfortunately, the charity could not rescue all of the animals due to having limited space at its shelter.
Now the centre’s animal care supervisor Ashen Oleander is going public in an attempt to find homes for the cats. According to Marijke Hall writing for Kent Online, eight have been taken to a centre in Westbere and have already been re-homed but 21 are still living at the fellow's address.
Oleander told Kent Online that the man and his wife had begun to attract stable cats from around the area. Every time a cat visited the couple it was adopted.
‘The ones they could trap they got neutered, but some of them they couldn't trap and so they had kittens and so on and the situation got out of control,’ said Oleander.
29 cats down to 21
Now 21 cats remain but the concern is that their numbers will again grow due to not all of the animals having been neutered.
'We are working with him to trap and neuter and find new outdoor homes for each and every one so the quicker we find them the quicker we can help him,' said Oleander.
Meanwhile, the octogenarian widower is finding it increasingly difficult to look after the remaining cats. His wife having died, the gentleman is struggling to look after them by himself and would like them to go to a good home.
The cats are not house-trained, nor comfortable in a domestic setting although according to Oleander some don’t mind being petted.
If you believe you can be a cat guardian for some or all of the cats then get in touch with the RSPCA branch on 01227 719113 or visit RSPCA, Canterbury.
‘All the cats will have been neutered and had vet checks before being re-homed,’ branch secretary Natalie Archer adds.