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UK rescue refuses to hand over cats to people wanting a "Christmas present"

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A leading pet shelter in the north of England has reported a sharp rise in the number of abandoned cats in its care. 16 in November and more to follow, says the charity.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 09/12/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

Pawz for Thought has its work cut out. Last month it received 16 new arrivals at its sanctuary in Sunderland, and workers there are expecting an even greater number in December.

Writes The Sunderland Echo cats have been found in the most unlikely places including a cemetery and at the side of a busy thoroughfare.

Now the charity is in the midst of the difficult task of rehoming cats. But, says, volunteer Karen Britt, the shelter's rehoming ethos is strict, especially at this time of the year.

Not just for Christmas

Pawz for Thought will not hand a cat to a family that is merely looking for a Christmas present. Ms Britt has even turned people away that she thinks are not thoroughly committed to the idea of owning a cat.

Britt told the Echo, “I've had people message me and giving me lists of everything they want. They say ‘I want a cat that's friendly, that doesn't scratch the furniture, that's playful.

They want this and that and and before the cat even has a chance to settle into a new home they get sent back because they don't sit with them, or they're not playful enough.”


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Cat welfare

Cat neglect is at the top of the agenda of most animal charities. The RSPCA revealed it had received more than 100,000 calls last year from members of the public across England and Wales concerned for the welfare of a cat.

Of the growing number of cases of cat neglect RSPCA officer Alice Potter said, “There are some real issues that we see time and again including cats and kittens being abandoned, cats having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of neutering and multi-cat households where breeding has sadly become out of control.


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