Hertfordshire MEP warns of cat crisis during Hitchin visit

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire is facing a ‘cat crisis’ which threatens to overwhelm the financial resources of the area’s RSPCA branch, according to a Euro MP.

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire is facing a ‘cat crisis’ which threatens to overwhelm the area’s RSPCA branch, according to a Euro MP.

East of England MEP Richard Howitt visited a RSPCA Herts East branch charity shop in Hitchin to discuss the issue.

Afterwards, Mr Howitt, who is also vice president of the national animal protection body, said: “The rescued kittens I’ve been told about need loving homes but there needs to be much more awareness about how to keep a cat as a pet.

“Christmas time is one of the busiest for the RSPCA for animal abandonments.

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin

Richard Howitt MEP visits the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA store in Hitchin - Credit: Archant


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“Herts East branch needs the public’s help as the main problem is a lack of donations – most people do not know the branch exists.

“The RSPCA here is under great pressure as the number of abandoned cats and kittens continues to rise.

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“The advice is not to wait until your cat has a first litter but to have it neutered as soon as it reaches four months.

“The RSPCA is doing a wonderful job but needs everyone’s help in learning how best to care for pets.

“I’m working hard in the European Parliament to ensure it is an effective voice for animal welfare.”

For more information visit www.rspcahertseast.org.uk.

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