A box of kittens dumped on a doorstep has sparked a campaign to reduce the number of pets being abandoned on our streets.
The four kittens were found outside a house in Biddick Hall and handed in to St Francis Animal Rescue, which is now looking after them as it searches for new owners for the pets.
But the incident is the latest in a long line to cause a headache for the charity’s Ann Kirton and has prompted her to set up a scheme which will offer cat owners the chance to have their animal neutered for free during December and January.
The charity spent £27,000 on vets fees in a year, covering neutering and spaying and treatment.
Ann said: “There are so many kittens around, it’s ridiculous. There are websites like Gumtree and people are breeding them to sell, and this is a big problem.
“I just don’t know what to do next. I’m tearing my hair out.
I just don’t know what to do next. I’m tearing my hair out.Ann Kirton
“We want to get the cat population down and we want to get to the point where there are enough people with homes who want cats.
“All these poor kittens are suffering.”
The tabby kittens taken in by the charity were around two weeks old when they were found, but should have been six weeks before they were taken from their mother.
Ann added: “They were underweight, but we’ll soon feed them up, so we’ll have some chunky little kittens to find homes for.”
The charity is also appealing for donations to its shop in Stanhope Road, South Shields, as well as cash.
Anyone who would like to find out more a can call Ann on 0191 456 9613 or 07528 245 088.