Sheffield is facing a cats crisis with another rescue centre in the city taking in record numbers of abandoned pets.
Jackie Longley, who has been patron of the Cat Abuse Treatment Society in Laverock Way, Firth Park, since 1983, says the charity is being overwhelmed by the number of abandoned animals.
It comes just two weeks after Sheffield Cats Shelter put out an urgent appeal for people to come forward and adopt abandoned or homeless cats.
Jackie said: “Unfortunately it is not within our remit to accept pets which require rehoming on a permanent basis or require temporary accommodation while their owner is unwell.
“The inability to intervene is both upsetting and frustrating for us but so many cats are being cruelly treated or dumped we have to take them in.”
Jackie blames the recession which is forcing more and more people to cut costs.
She said: “During these challenging financial times, so many loving pet owners are finding themselves in the position of making the very difficult decision to re home their beloved pets. Cat owners are no exception.
“Due to changes in personal circumstances beyond their control, more and more Sheffielders are seeking forever homes for their furry family members.”
Jackie said the recent intake includes four kittens which were dumped behind Springfield Vets in Firth Park on the hottest day of the year.
She said: “The vets asked if I could take them and I agreed. They were wet through with sweat and desperately in need of care.
“We wormed and cared for them and now at the age of 11 weeks they are ready to move on.”
n If you can offer the kittens a home or would like to make a financial donation to help the charity or donate items of clothing they can sell on their stalls please call 0114 245 7181 or 07810 525881.