Increasing numbers of cats are being abandoned and left to fend for themselves, says an animal charity volunteer.
Emma Crompton, a volunteer for Lancaster and Morecambe branch of Cats Protection, said: “Only last weekend we had a black male cat and a female cat with kittens which were found under a shed reported to us.
“The problem is that 99% of cats that are found are not neutered or microchipped.
“If they were all chipped it would make our lives a lot easier.
“Some cats are good at living outside and others don’t do well at all.”
Cats Protection rely on foster homes for cats and have fosterers from Heysham to Sedbergh.
The foster homes are temporary homes for the cats until a permanent home can be found.
One black tom cat found recently, nicknamed Sooty by the woman who found him, needs help desperately.
Jeannette Prescot from Carnforth found Sooty in her garden a couple of weeks ago and it became apparent that he needed veterinary treatment for one of his eyes.
Jeannette said: “I would so love him to have a home. He has been a house cat at some point and he is very friendly. He is a nice black cat and very deserving to have a home.
“Cats Protection do wonderful work and they are needed more than ever due to the increasing number of stray cats.”
At the moment Sooty is being housed temporarily at a cattery in Lancaster but he needs a foster home and ultimately a permanent home with loving owners.
Emma said: “We want to appeal for donations to help towards the cost of Sooty’s operation which he desperately needs and will cost hundreds of pounds.
“We would also appeal for anyone who has a spare room to foster a cat.
“If you foster a cat, Cats Protection pay for food, litter and vets bills and you can come from any background or social class. No-one should be put off. It only costs £10 to £15 to get a cat chipped, for the sake of getting your pet back.”
To donate, call 01524 850112, visit www.lancaster-cats.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to PO Box 179, Morecambe, Lancs, LA3 1WL.