DESPERATE volunteers at a struggling animal rescue centre in Allerton Bywater are asking kind-hearted residents to give a dog or cat a new home.
Ponderosa Kennels and Cattery, on Ninevah Lane, issues an annual appeal to help rehouse abandoned pets – but this year its plea is even more urgent because it is getting so full it’s being forced to turn animals away.
Karen Greaves, manager at the rescue centre, said: “The situation is getting really desperate.
“In the weeks before Christmas we were so full we were having to tell people to call back later in the week.
“It’s awful because we want to do everything we can to help, but we only have so much space and can’t take in new pets until we have rehomed the ones we already have with us.
“It’s the same situation for a lot of bigger charities, which have been sending people to us because they are full as well.
“It’s ridiculous – and it’s worrying what will happen to these animals if we can’t take them in.
“Over the last few weeks we’ve had cats left in boxes at our front gate. These animals need new homes.”
Ponderosa, which does not put healthy dogs or cats to sleep, has also fallen on hard times because of a lack of funding.
The charity gets its cash from donations from members of the public.
Karen said: “It’s difficult, but we’re surviving for now.
“We really do rely on donations from residents to help us continue to do the work we do.
“It’s been a struggle in recent years because our costs are rising and our vets bills seem to increase week by week.
“I would also say there’s been a rise in the number of animals being brought to us.
“We want all our animals to find new homes and hope anyone who can offer a good home will come forward.”
Anyone interested in owning an abandoned dog or cat, or who wants to donate, can contact the centre on 01977 552303.