Sad summer for Milton Keynes’ dumped cats

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Callous cat owners are dumping their pets to avoid boarding fees before they jet off on luxury holidays.

Even more families are packing their possessions and moving house – but leaving their cat behind in the garden.

This summer has seen record numbers of cats abandoned and left at the mercy of the city RSPCA branch.

The branch has already been struggling for months under a deluge of homeless and injured cats and kittens.

The latest summers surge now means it is caring for more than 100 felines, all desperate for permanent homes.

In a bid to ease the over-crowding problem, the RSPCA is holding two open days in August.

The first is at Newport Pagnell’s Willow Veterinary surgery this Saturday, August 2.

Would-be pet owners are welcome to drop by between 2.30 pm and 4.30pm to meet the cats on display and chat to their fosterers.

The second open day is on Sunday August 17 between 12 noon and 3pm at Fido and Felix store, which is opposite the Black Horse pub in Wolverton Road near Newport Pagnell.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “We’re really hoping people will come along to our open days and fall in love with the cat of their dreams.”

One of the cats is 15-year-old Bailey, who was brought in with a severe flea infestation and sore skin. The RSPCA has vowed to pay his vets bills for life if somebody is willing to give him a long-term foster home.

The charity is also keen to find more people to become volunteers or foster cats or kittens in their homes.

> Anybody willing to help can contact them on MK 611179.