A group of local animal charities is offering free neutering for cats during January and February in an effort to control the soaring numbers of unwanted cats and kittens in the region.
Caring for Cats, Hull branches of Cats Protection and the RSPCA, and Hull Animal Welfare all report that the problem is getting worse and for the first time are tackling the problem in partnership. Breeding season for cats is fast approaching and the charities are desperate to prevent cats from producing more kittens that could end up homeless. The scheme is being co-funded by Swanbridge veterinary group that operates five surgeries on the north bank.
Swanbridge vet and owner John Levison, pictured, said: “Working with all four charities we treat a huge number of stray animals that are in obvious distress, suffering through malnutrition and lack of care. Neutering is the kindest and most effective way to tackle the problem, which is why we are supporting this welfare project.”
Hull’s animal rescue centres are reported to be full to capacity with unwanted cats and kittens. Swanbridge and the local charities want to address the problem at source – that is, cat owners who are not neutering their pets.
Steve Marshall of Caring for Cats added: “We see a lot of animal suffering due to homelessness, hunger, illness and injury, particularly in central and east areas of Hull. Unwanted litters are simply abandoned on the streets which leads to further uncontrolled breeding. I would urge anyone with an unneutered male or female cat to call us.
Caring for Cats may also be able to help anyone without access to transport by collecting their pet where possible.”
The neutering operations will be carried out by Swanbridge veterinary group with surgeries in Patrington, Swanland, Brough, Beverley and Market Weighton.
Anyone with unneutered pet cats is asked to take advantage of the limited offer by calling 01482 633888 and arranging an appointment.