Sidlesham rescue centre’s urgent appeal as its doors overflow

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An urgent appeal has been made by the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre in Sidlesham, as its services have become desperately over-stretched.

A nurgent appeal has been made by the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre in Sidlesham, as its services have become desperately over-stretched.

Charity founder Monique Turk, revealed that it had received so many requests from people to take in un-wanted animals, that it was now unable to take any more animals in at present.

With the recession taking its toll on many families, the animal charity manager believed people were giving up pets at a greater rate than ever.

The consequence has been an increased strain on facilities such as those at Sidlesham, which are now unable to function effectively.

Presently, the centre, which caters for up to 170 cats and kittens, plus 45 guinea pigs and 35 rabbits, is completely full, leaving them in a heartbreaking situation of having to turn away offers for animals which are badly in need of re-homing.

She said: “We have reached the point where we are just overflowing with animals here.

“As an example, we went out on one day the other week and there were 31 animals that needed to be picked up, but we just could not take them all in.

“We are just not finding that people are coming to us if they are looking for a pet – they often believe that we don’t have kittens here, but we do.

“We have taken 100 in this year alone,” said the charity-founder, who firmly belived that rescue animals made some of the best pets possible.

She added: “Most of the cats we have here are adults and are mainly moggies, but we do get some pedigree animals as well.

“All our cats are vaccinated and neutered as well, unlike a lot of animals which people are increasingly buying off the internet.”

As she revealed, some people have potentially been put off taking animals from them in the mistaken belief that they are not in good health.

Others have expressed concern that the process of re-homing one of its animals would be complicated and time-consuming.

According to Monique, this could not be further from the truth, with just a simple check on the potential new home being made to ensure that animals are going to an appropriate new home.