A Flintshire animal shelter said it was the “worst it’s ever been” for animals in need of their help and was completely full.
The waiting list is so long at Jackson’s Animal Rescue in Padeswood, near Mold, that staff are heartbroken because they are turning away sick or injured strays.
The rescue has about 70 animals waiting to be taken in, this list is growing by about 5 a day and they have no room.
With the rescue complete people are resorting to desperate measures, a box was thrown outside the rescue on Tuesday but the ginger male cat managed to get out and is wandering somewhere near the rescue.
Founder Steph Oliver has appealed to cat owners to sterilize their pets because levels of “accidental” breeding are irresponsible, she said.
“This is the worst ever for pets who need our help. We are completely full of cats, rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. ”
Steph said: “Our emergency spaces are full and we currently have 70 animals on our waiting lists, this is increasing by an average of 5 animals per day at the moment.”
“We have to turn away stray cats that are sick or injured and it breaks our hearts.”
“Anyone added to waiting lists at this point will have to wait several months.”
“We dealt with emergency after emergency,” she said.
“We have 55 cats in our care right now, people are raising them faster than we can keep up.”
“We had 4 cats whelp with us this year, and we have two other very pregnant cats.”
“We have long-term cases like Jamie (below) who will need long-term rehabilitation.”
Steph said: “We have a baby girl with a heart murmur, who is undergoing further investigations at Leahurst next week, we are currently being pushed to our absolute limit.”
“If your cat isn’t neutered and is out, she’s going to get pregnant.”
“This is not accidental breeding, this is irresponsibility.”
“Please, please, please have your cats neutered.” Steph pleaded.
“There are so many vouchers and programs to help cover the costs.”
“We know times are tough, but we’re so scared for the future right now because it’s the worst we’ve ever seen.”
“Looking at our waiting list right now is just heartbreaking.” She added.