Derbyshire animal shelter in bid to find new homes for cats and kittens

An RSPCA animal centre is full to capacity with unwanted cats and kittens and staff have now organised a special open day in the hope of finding them loving new homes.

The RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch currently has more than 60 cats and kittens in their care. The figures are up by a third in comparison to last year’s numbers. The felines are currently being looked after at the branch’s animal centre or by fosterers.

Now in a bid to find new homes for the cats and kittens as soon as possible, staff at the centre have organised a Kitten Krazy Weekend on Saturday July 2 from 11am until 3pm.

The event has been organised in the hope that staff will be able to rehome the large number of cats and kittens currently at their Chesterfield Animal Centre.

As well as an opportunity for visitors to meet the kittens and cats, there will also be refreshments, themed stalls and games at the event.

Staff will also be providing free microchipping for cat owners (donations are appreciated) ( no appointments needed).

Julie Schofield, fundraising officer and volunteer co-ordinator at the branch, said: “We have an unprecedented number of cats and kittens in our care at the moment, and we really need to find them new homes as quickly as possible. We are up by a third on the numbers compared to this time last year - which is very worrying.

“To have sixty cats and kittens in our care is quite staggering and these figures include nursing mums, pregnant mums and of course kittens.

“It is absolutely heart-breaking that these poor cats especially the mums-to-be have just been dumped and left to fend for themselves. We are hoping that lots of people will come along and support the Kitten Krazy weekend and that we will find loving new homes for all of them.

“Among those looking for new homes is Isabelle she was found as a stray and was heavily pregnant when she came in to us. She has now given birth to four little kittens, who are called Jonathan, Julie, Charli and Ariane.

“Ariane was not feeding as well as the others and so was supplemented with a bottle feed, as well as feeding with her litter mates.

“All this attention has meant that Ariane has thrived and is especially friendly, having had lots of interaction with the staff from an early age. We are so pleased that they have all pulled through and now Isabelle and her kittens are all ready to find loving new homes.”

Also at the centre is Jenny, who is a young cat who came to the centre with a collar injury. Her collar had slipped under her foreleg and caused deep cuts and rubbing around the neck and in the leg joint. It will take weeks of recuperation before Jenny is ready to be re-homed. The centre hopes that Jenny’s story will act as a reminder to people as to why it is so important to have your cat microchipped

While collars and tags can get caught or be removed, microchipping permanently and harmlessly identifies your pet. A microchip, the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database.

A micro-chipping promotion is being run throughout June and appointments can be made at a discounted price of £6.99

And at the Kitten Krazy event the centre is offering to microchip cats for free in a bid to encourage responsible pet ownership (donations are appreciated).

To find out more about the event or to make an appointment during June to have your pet microchipped at the Chesterfield Animal Centre which is in Spital Lane, Chesterfield, please contact the 01246 273358.

Visitors to the event can just turn up on the day. The centre will also be open for viewing to the public on Sunday.