RSPCA Sees 166% Increase in Adoption Searches for Cats

The animal welfare charity has seen a 166% enhance in searches for cats on its web site

The RSPCA has seen an enormous surge in searches for cats as new figures present that on common the charity rehomes two cats each hour.

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There was a 166% enhance in searches for cats on the RSPCA’s FindAPet web site following the primary 12 months of the pandemic (March 2020 quantity 114,316 in comparison with Jan 2021 quantity 304,300.)

Last 12 months the charity rehomed 17,868 cats which is 53 a day or two cats rehomed each hour. In West Yorkshire there have been 461 cats rehomed in 2020.

Centres and branches are additionally caring for extra cats than any pet with almost 3,000 moggies coming into the RSPCA’s care from the beginning of the 12 months (Jan 1- 31 Aug).

This month marks Adoptober, when the RSPCA shines a light-weight on the animals in its care on the lookout for properties, and with extra cats coming into the charity’s care than some other pet this implies there are many feline pals seeking to be adopted.

Sam Gaines, head of the RSPCA’s companion animals group, mentioned: “It’s nice to see so many individuals are curious about adopting cats from the RSPCA. The lockdown has actually shone a light-weight on the shut bonds we’ve got with our pets and for many individuals, their pets have change into an actual supply of consolation throughout these difficult occasions.

“We’ve seen an enormous surge in pet possession throughout the previous 12 months or so and while it’s constructive that so many individuals need to tackle a pet we’re eager to focus on the significance of doing all your analysis to make sure you’ve received the time, persistence and cash to take care of that animal for the remainder of their life.

“Our centres and branches are seeing a number of cats coming into their care for the time being. This may very well be because of the finish of the kitten season when most cats are born or extra worryingly, it may very well be on account of folks shopping for cats on impulse earlier within the 12 months who are actually struggling to deal with them.

“However, we’d urge anybody who has completely executed their analysis and is eager to tackle a rescue cat to contemplate adopting from the RSPCA.”

Cats on the lookout for properties in West Yorkshire embody:


This 8 year-old cuddly feminine cat would take pleasure in sitting on somebody’s lap and purring away the day as soon as she will get to know you. She is at the moment within the care of the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and district branch and was a bit shy at first.

But now employees have labored along with her and they’re assured it gained’t take lengthy for a household to make her really feel comfy and completely satisfied and be nudging them for consideration and a stroke. She could be very light in nature with loads of attraction within the day – then at night time she likes to play!

More details about Misty is accessible here

Kit Kat

Meet fairly little Kit Kat – a 3 year-old feline who’s on the lookout for a brand new dwelling. She is at the moment within the care of RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford RSPCA. Kit Kat wants time to settle into a brand new surroundings, however as soon as she has and is comfy, she is a cheeky cat who’s extraordinarily affectionate.

Kit Kat likes to be fussed, and would fortunately have employees sit all day stroking her and giving her all their consideration!

She loves to curve up in her large mushy mattress, and prefers a number of consideration over playtime.

Kit Kat could be a loving addition to most households, she might dwell with cat savvy youngsters, who’re in a position to give her the area and time she must settle in. Kit Kat could be happiest in a house the place there’s somebody round a lot of the day, as she loves firm. Once settled, Kit Kat would love the chance to exit and discover the surface world, so will want a house away from busy roads and railway strains to do that safely.

More details about Kit Kat could be discovered here

Sam added: “We consider neutering cats from 4 months outdated will scale back the quantity of undesirable and sudden litters of kittens which might be born and sadly find yourself in rescue centres. We perceive that many homeowners could not have been in a position to get their pets neutered as understandably vets needed to prioritise emergencies within the face of Covid-19. However, we might urge anybody with an unneutered feminine cat to get them neutered as quickly as they will and preserve them indoors till they’ve been spayed.”

To assist the RSPCA proceed rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in determined want of care please go to our website or name our donation line on 0300 123 8181.


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