RSPCA chief’s warning

Naomi Smart, practice manager at Gilmore Veterinary Surgery, High Street, Standish, with cats Poppy and Olivia who are in need of a new home
Naomi Smart, practice manager at Gilmore Veterinary Surgery, High Street, Standish, with cats Poppy and Olivia who are in need of a new home
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AS two more unwanted cats are put up for adoption, Wigan’s RSPCA chief is warning people about the troubles overbreeding can bring.

Not only does it leave countless animals needing homes, it also hits the Wigan branch of the RSPCA hard.

The charity, in York Street, funds any treatment that unwanted pets need as well as having to pay for them to be looked after.

They are helped by Gilmore’s Vets who have facilities to care for a certain amount of homeless pets.

And Bill Stubbs, branch manager at the Wigan RSPCA, has urged local pet owners to ensure their animals are microchipped and neutered so that unwanted animals aren’t born. It’s a warning that we need to put out to the public really,” he said.

“It’s one of the RSPCA’s five pledges to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted animals.

“When we offer pets up for adoption, such as the two cats today, we ensure they are neutered and microchipped.

“That way, we are reducing the chances of overpopulation and if owners ensured their animals have this done, they won’t have a litter by accident and that will stop contributing to the high number of unwanted pets.

“It’s not just a problem in Wigan but across the UK and it eats into our funds somewhat.

“We need to tackle the issue because overbreeding costs us a lot of money.”

The warning comes as two more pets have been taken to Gilmore Veterinary Practice in need of new homes after not being wanted after being born.

The two cats, Poppy, four, and Olivia, 10, are said to be healthy and doing well.