Help rehome cats in care

Julie McManus pitured with the Kitten that was shot with a BB Gun through the eye, and needs a new home'NBFP PA1330-9
Julie McManus pitured with the Kitten that was shot with a BB Gun through the eye, and needs a new home'NBFP PA1330-9

The plight of a kitten shot in the eye has attracted attention from animal lovers all over the country.

The 14-week-old kitten, who has been named after Harry Potter character Ron Weasley, is recovering well following his ordeal of being shot through the eye by an airgun.

The Bridlington, Driffield and District branch of the RSPCA has been inundated with calls from people nationwide wanting to adopt the ginger-and-white kitten, who was found nearly dead in a garden in Lund.

Rita Bailey, cat re-homing coordinator at the branch, said a home visit was made to a Bridlington resident on Tuesday 6 August who is expected to adopt Ron.

However the RSPCA centre is keen to remind the public there are 21 other cats and kittens in its care waiting to be given loving new homes.

Ms Bailey said: “We have 21 cats and we don’t want any more than that. There are beautiful, beautiful cats.

“It is important people know about us because we take in strays and cats.

“One of the most important things we are always stressing is please any cat owners have your cats neutered and if they can’t afford it just ring us and we will offer some help.

“This is one of the big problems and this is why we have got a cattery full of cats.

“We take many from our inspectors in cruelty cases. There are so many abandoned cats and ill cared for cats. I am sure they deserve more love and attention than that.”

An open day is planned for the cattery in Carr Lane, Nafferton, from Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September for members of the public to visit and view the furry felines.

The branch usually operates a home visit service for people interested in adopting, so the open day will be a rare chance to visit the centre and see them firsthand.

Ms Bailey said: “The public can come along and see the cats there and if they are interested we will follow-up and do a home visit.”

For more information, and to see some of the cats waiting for adoption, visit www.rspca-bridlington.org/animals-needing-homes/cats/