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21st Sep 2021

ISPCA issue urgent appeal for over 100 cats and kittens

Sarah McKenna Barry

115 cats and kittens are waiting for their new homes at the ISPCA’s catteries in Longford and Donegal.

The Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is appealing to potential cat owners to consider opening their homes to an adopted cat or kitten.

In order to find much needed homes for these cats, the ISPCA is temporarily reducing their adoption fees, which covers vet checks, vaccinations, parasite treatment and spaying and neutering when the kitten is of age.

The animal welfare charity has seen an increase in cats being left behind by their owners. In some cases, cats are abandoned after owners move homes, and in others, the owners are no longer willing to care for them.

Similarly, Dogs Trust have recently noticed an increase in dogs being surrendered as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

As it stands, the ISPCA’s catteries in Longford and Donegal are at capacity, with several cats and kittens on the waiting list.

Additionally, the organisation is urging cat owners to spay or neuter their animals to prevent unwanted litters.

In a statement, the ISPCA’s Carmel Murray said: “We are struggling to find new owners to adopt so many gorgeous cats and kittens and our catteries in Longford and Donegal are full to capacity, with a waiting list of more cats and kittens to be admitted.

“For a limited time, we are reducing our adoption donation to €35 for mature cats and €25 for kittens until 10th October 2021. All cats and kittens are vet checked, vaccinated, treated for parasites, litter trained, neutered/spayed and kittens when of age, so even a small adoption donation will help us cover some of our veterinary costs.”

The reduced adoption donation will remain in place until 15 October.

For more information on this particular campaign, pet adoption, or the work of the ISPCA generally, head to their website right here.