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Charity reveals summer rehoming struggle
8th August 2018

By Karen Pickwick



June and July are consistently the most difficult moths for rehoming cats, according to new data.

Over the last seven years, each January the RSPCA typically takes in between 500 and 750 cats and rehomes between 500 and 600 that same month. But over the same period in both June and July the charity typically takes in 850-1,000 cats yet rehomes only 300 to 400 on average each month.

It is thought online advertising and selling pages are partly to blame as there are more cats available for rehoming through family, friends and the general public during the summer months as this is when kittens are born.

This International Cat Day (August 8), the RSPCA expects to have more than 1,000 cats available for rehoming. Statistics show the whole summer is affected by the slow down in rehoming and that in August the charity typically has a third more cats in its care compared with the winter months.

This means that at a time when the charity is seeing huge numbers of cats and kittens coming in, fewer people are coming forward to offer them homes, putting huge pressures on its rehoming centres.

In comparison, although there are fewer cats coming into RSPCA care in January, it is actually a more successful month for rehoming, with rates more than double those in June.

Sam Watson, RSPCA cat expert, said: “These figures show a shocking trend in the RSPCA’s cat rehoming. In Summer the RSPCA is left with hundreds of cats still in need of a forever home. 

“It can be a vicious cycle because people who are taking on readily available pets online or from friends and family don’t  necessarily go through a rehoming process and, therefore, may not always realise the responsibility involved.

“We would always urge anyone thinking of getting a cat to consider whether they can give an animal love and attention for the next 14 years.

“It’s also important not to underestimate the importance of neutering, cats can be neutered from four months old. We know many litters are unplanned and these unwanted kittens lead to rescue centres like the RSPCA being full of cats needing homes.”