A VET’S surgery has sent out an SOS after it was inundated with stray cats.
King’s Road Veterinary Practice, in Southwick, Sunderland, issued the appeal for help after a sudden upsurge in the numbers of unwanted pets.
Vet Wendy Rowntree, who runs the centre, said it was struggling to cope with the crisis.
“Sunderland’s stray pet population is at an all-time high,” she said. “All our rescue centres are full and there are many more animals that have been abandoned and have nowhere to go for food, warmth or shelter.
“Some of them have obviously been loved pets, but for whatever reason they’ve ended up on the streets of Sunderland.
“Others have been neglected, having not received medical treatment for simple problems that could have been easily managed had they been taken to a vet much earlier.”
Mrs Rowntree said the current financial climate was a major factor for the “record numbers” of neglected and abandoned pets.
“Unfortunately, the recession has resulted in many people being forced to move into rented accommodation, when they have become unable to afford their mortgage payments,” she said.
“Often they are not allowed to take their pets to their rented home and have no choice but to leave their pets at a re-homing centre.
“We would like to launch an appeal to look for suitable ‘forever homes’ for these animals, who are desperate for some affection and care.
“They all have their own little characters and would make fantastic pets and companions for somebody.”
Mrs Rowntree is also urging Wearsiders to support local charities Animal Krackers and Pawz4Thought.
“These two charities rely entirely on public donations and hard-working volunteers,” she said. “They receive no Government funding.”
To offer the unwanted animals pictured here a home, call the King’s Road Veterinary Practice on 549 3535.
To make a donation to the charities, call Animal Krackers on 07977 769109 or Pawz4Thought on 07718 771591.