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Cats abandoned by selfish sunseekers

HEARTLESS pet owners heading off for the sun have caused a deluge of problems for a cat rescue centre in Weaverham.

HEARTLESS pet owners heading off for the sun have caused a deluge of problems for a cat rescue centre in Weaverham.

Teresa Phillips, 48, who runs the Paws Inn from her home in Lime Avenue, says every scrap of space has been used as she desperately searches for homes for the 50 moggies currently in residence.

'More people than ever before are callously discarding their cats in favour of a flight to sun, sea and sangria and there is simply no room left at the inn,' she said this week.

'We have been stretched to the limit since early March when mindless owners who hadn't bothered to neuter their cats began dumping their pets in earnest. Some just dumped the tiny kittens who then needed to be hand reared by us, leaving the poor mother cat to get pregnant again.'

All the cat pens outside have been full for months forcing her and taxi driver husband Rob, 52, to open up valuable living space inside their home to the abandoned moggies.

Six have been installed in the two spare bedrooms, another eight are in the living room, one sleeps in the bathroom, another on the landing and three hand reared kittens are in a collapsible pen in the kitchen!

'Saddest of all a large collapsible pen adorns the hall, housing a poor emaciated cat we took in who gave birth to six very tiny kittchens. And the greenhouse is also in use as a shelter and a feeding ground for 10 feral cats,' said Teresa.

When they first arrive at the house all the cats are checked over to see if they need a vet, treated for fleas and worms, and if their age and health permits, neutered as well.

'All the animals are provided with a proper diet, comortable bed and clean toilet facilities as well as round the clock supervision and lots of love and affection,' Teresa added.

'We receive no funding and currently spend £90 a week on food and cat litter. Although our wonderful veterinarian gives us a discount we still have vet bills to pay. We raise money by car booting and tombolas etc as well as relying on donations.'

Anyone who can help by providing a home for one of the cats, or by making a donation of either money or useful items such as food, cat litter or unwanted gifts for fundraising, is asked to telephone Teresa on 851764.


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