Overcrowded Hull animal shelter forced to stop taking unwanted cats
STAFF at an animal rescue centre saying they are being abused by people wanting to offload cats.
Hull Animal Rescue Trust's shelter is full to capacity with dozens of unwanted cats and kittens.
Now, staff at the Sunnydene Animal Shelter, near South Cave, are only taking in sick, injured or pregnant cats, as well as vulnerable kittens.
But the decision is provoking anger among owners wanting to rid themselves of their cats.
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Sue Sewell, founder of the charity, said: "We are regularly getting abuse from people.
"Often, we will get, 'call yourself a rescue charity?'
"But what can we do? We have 65 kittens and 40 cats.
"The shelter should really only cater for 40. We are saturated with cats.
"We have in some our offices. Many of our staff have taken some home. We even have kittens in an area meant for dogs."
Earlier this week, the Mail told how the Bridlington and district branch of the RSPCA has 66 cats and kittens in its care.
According to the national charity, the number of animals needing homes has reached an "unprecedented" level.
Mrs Sewell believes a number of factors are responsible for the problem.
She said: "The biggest factor, without doubt, is the fact people are still not getting their cats neutered.
"Owners need to be responsible."
Mrs Sewell said the weather and the recession are also playing a part.
"We don't seem to have seasons any more," she said. "As a result, cats are having litters throughout the year.
"Previously, kitten season, as we called it, was from June to September. But that's gone.
"No doubt, some people are parting with their animals due to the recession.
"But I do think some people are using that as an easy excuse. It's easy to say, 'I can't afford to keep the cat.'
"Ultimately, owning a pet is a real responsibility people need to take seriously."
Mrs Sewell said the trust has a 'no put down' policy.
Only desperately sick animals are put to sleep, she said.
However, Mrs Sewell fears some owners may be taking extreme measures as they find charities increasingly unable to take their pets in.
She said: "Animals under our roof are safe.
"We will keep them here until a suitable home can found for them."