AN URGENT appeal has been launched by the RSPCA after its Newbrook Animal Centre in Frankley became full to capacity with cats.
The charity has 92 cats in its care, although 45 are not yet ready to go to new homes.
Staff are desperate, however, to find placed for the other 47 so they can be given the second chance they deserve.
The majority of the cats at the centre are black and, with Halloween just around the corner and black cats being associated with witches, it is hoped some of the pets will find new owners.
Among them are Evergreen who has been at the centre since May but people seem to be put off her because she is 13 years old.
She arrived at the centre when her owner passed away and she has struggled to cope in her new environment.
She is very content but needs a loving owner.
One of those in need of a loving home is Evergreen (pictured right) who has been at the centre since May but people seem to be put off adopting her because of her age.
Emma Finnimore, the cattery manager, said: “She is an older girl so you can imagine how bewildering it would have been for her to leave her loving home and coming into cattery life at her later stage of life.
“But after a few days she visibly began to relax into her new routine and started to reveal her liking for the comforts in life such as a big comfy bed where she is often found, or a little pile of treats bring a contented look to her face and of course she enjoys getting lots of gentle fuss.”
Evergreen has a clean bill of health and is looking for a quiet home where she will be able to settle and sleep. Staff believe she would make an ideal house-cat as she never goes outside and hope this will help her find the perfect owner.
Another cat in need of a home, who also came to the centre in May, is Albert, who is aged about three and completely different to Evergreen.
Albert came to the centre after he was picked up by the RSPCA as a stray and was found to have old injuries which he has now been treated for. He is a bundle of fun now who loves nothing more than to play.
Emma said: “When he arrived here he was suffering from conjunctivitis and during his stay we noticed he was quite lame, x-rays confirmed he had an old fracture to his left leg which needed surgery.
After weeks of strict rest Albert is now fully recovered and walking well, although the surgery has left him with one leg shorter than the other, so he will always have a mild functional lameness but it shouldn’t cause him any issues in the future.
“He enjoys his fuss but isn’t demanding for it. He will let you know when he’s had enough and he will happily chill out in his bed when left alone.
“When he sees you approaching he will jump up to greet you, he is very playful and he loves chasing around after his toys.
“He doesn’t seem happy around other cats so will need to be rehomed as the only cat in his new home and due to Albert’s independent nature we feel he will suit a quieter home with older children.”
Emma added: “We are at capacity and as soon as a cat finds a new home we have another one waiting to come in from our animal hospital to take its place so we are hoping to attract people willing to adopt from us to help these cats and others in need of a home.”
For more information or to register your interest in having a cat, call 0300 123 8585 or visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/birmingham-animal-centre/findapet#onSubmitSetHere and search for Birmingham Animal Hospital.