Urgent appeal launched after Cheltenham shelter inundated with stray pets

Cheltenham Animal Shelter has launched an urgent appeal for donations to help them cope with an exceptional number of strays coming through their doors. So far this year the shelter has taken in almost 50 stray and abandoned pets – more in the first few months of the year since 2017 – accounting for 35 per cent of all animal intake.

Around 50 percent of these animals are fewer than two years old, meaning they were born during the pandemic. The high numbers have forced the center to launch its Stray Pets Appeal to raise funds to help them provide care for the dogs, cats and small animals now relying on them for their protection.

Although CAS general manager Peter Newcombe says they are not exactly sure they are seeing more strays, he added: “It is worrying that 50 per cent of the strays we currently have at the shelter are under two years of age, suggesting that they were born during the pandemic.

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“So far this year we have had many more stray dogs than cats brought to us, which is a concern, and we will continue to monitor closely.”

Stray cat Camilla is one of those brought into Cheltenham Animal Shelter

Sometimes, the stray animals are lost pets which are reunited with their owners whenever possible. Much more worrying are the ones that have been deliberately abandoned and come to the shelter needing a lot of care.

One recent case was of a stray Dachshund-type dog that was very thin with a large wound on her leg. She was curled up at the side of a road, but luckily a passer-by found her in time. Another dog was found tied to a post and abandoned in the rain, thin with overgrown and matted fur.

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Wilma was found by the side of the road and brought into Cheltenham Animal Shelter.
Wilma was found by the side of the road and brought into Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

It’s not only dogs that suffer: recently a young pregnant cat was brought in as a stray and gave birth to two kittens within a couple of weeks of arriving, while an elderly stray cat who came in was dehydrated, underweight and her fur severely matted on arrival.

The Stray Pets Appeal not only asks for donations to help care for stray pets at the shelter, but also reinforces the need to ensure pets are microchipped, and that the details are kept up to date.

Mr Newcombe stressed the need for owners to microchip their pets. “It is vital that owners ensure their pets are microchipped and that if they change their circumstances such as their phone number or address, the details of the registered microchip should be updated.”

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Blossom and Buttercup were found in a box and brought into Cheltenham Animal Shelter.
Blossom and Buttercup were found in a box and brought into Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

The shelter’s latest newsletter gives information on where checking a pet’s microchip and details about government websites which hold current legislation regarding dog and cat microchipping.

“We hope people will donate to our Stray Pets Appeal, and check their own pet’s microchip details,” he said. “Sadly, for every lost pet that has an owner looking for them, there are dogs, cats, and small animals left to stray with no one to care for them and that’s why we need to be ready to help.”

Click here to donate to the appeal.

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