The RSPCA in Huddersfield has put out an urgent plea for kitten food after an influx of kittens … and many of them need new homes too.

RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District has seen a record number of kittens arriving into its care during October which may, in part, be due to the economic crisis – and it needs help stocking the cattery with enough kitten food to cope with the rising numbers.

There has been an increase in the amount of adult cat mothers, pregnant cats and kittens arriving at the RSPCA animal home.

Animal centre manager Claire Kendall said: “The cost-of-living crisis has not only hit our charity hard but also the pet-owning population too.

“Animal charities are seeing a sharp rise in pets being surrendered, abandoned and more. While adoption enquiries have decreased, the demand for our services has increased. Some days this can feel like a losing battle for our dedicated team and for the animals in our care, but with the support of our community we know we can help these animals.

“A great way to support us if you can’t adopt is by donating food and right now we’re in urgent need of food for our record number of kittens.”

Wet or dry food donations can be given directly to the RSPCA charity shops in Huddersfield town centre and on Westbourne Road at Marsh. There are also food donation bins at Holmfirth Co-op and Morrisons supermarket at Waterloo.

Donations are always needed or shop directly online with the local RSPCA through its online pet shop

Shopping via the RSPCA website will not only feed the animals in the centre but every purchase directly benefits the charity too.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the national RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support animal welfare work. 

This year the branch has rehomed over 260 animals and its main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The charity relies on public donations and the generosity of the local community to keep the animal centre doors open.

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Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.