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Cat rescue service on the brink of closure
A cat rescue service is nearing crisis after hitting financial problems, its founder has warned.
The recession, coupled with a surge in the number of abandoned cats and reluctance by people to take on new pets, has meant that the finances of Scratching Post Cat rescue are at a worrying level.
Susan Delaney, founder and manager of the charity, is very concerned about the state of the charity and the impact it could have on cats in the area if it goes bust.
She said: “It has been really difficult this year for us and we are overrun. We will receive between ten and 50 calls every single day about a cat that has been abandoned in the area.
“Once more we are in a diabolical financial state and reaching a crisis point. Not enough donations have come our way and the waiting list of cats to be rehomed is growing by the day.”
The charity founder believes one reason for the rise in strays is the number of people who are not neutering their cats.
She added: “We always neuter the cats before giving them to a home but people are not doing this and it can lead to many kittens being born and subsequently abandoned.
“This also results in people turning to their friends to buy kittens instead of us, meaning that we are losing out on rehoming cats. We are pleading to cat owners to get their pets neutered.”
Established in 2004, The Scratching Post has been taking in and caring for cats across Enfield and the rest of North London with catteries in Waltham Abbey and a charity shop in Lancaster Road, Enfield.
Fundraising manager Patricia Whitmarsh said: “The heat wave we had this summer has left cats seriously ill and dehydrated causing them to collapse in certain cases. This means that we become inundated with many cats and we just can’t cope.
“People can help us by putting out bowls of water for cats, calling our helpline and making much-needed donations. We have a grand summer fair in three weeks' time at our cattery in Waltham Abbey, which we hope many people can attend.”
For more information visit www.scratchingpost.co.uk or to report an abandoned cat or to make a donation, call 01992 626110.
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