It might be quiet just now, but a few weeks ago you couldn’t find a vacancy in any of the local cat rescue centres for love nor money.
As well as my “official” fosters, I have also been looking after a little cat for my vet. She was found wandering on the Yorkshire Showground – a delightful little girl about 5 or 6 months old, very soft and gentle, obviously loved and cared for – but not micro-chipped or neutered. I’m amazed that no-one came forward to claim her. Her details were posted on the RSPCA website and on the vet’s Facebook page but there were no enquiries.
Everywhere was full at the time – we have had no room at Cats Protection and the RSPCA said they would take her when they had a vacancy but again no space right away. The vets took her in, but it was a bit difficult over the weekend when there is no-one in the practice to care for her. So I was the “No room at the inn” option. I couldn’t allow her to mix with either the Cats Protection cats or my own cats (from an infection control perspective – my cats and the CP kittens were all up to date with vaccinations but we had no idea if she had been vaccinated, and she wasn’t blood tested for FIV or FeLV) so she found a temporary shelter in my back bedroom.
Fortunately she too has found a new home with someone who will give her the love and affection she deserves.