The manager of an East Harling cat rescue charity has praised the generosity of the local community after an influx of nearly 50 new animals.
Feline Care Cat Rescue, which houses about 130 cats, took on a further 44 in varying condition from the end of last week, from a residential property in South Norfolk.
That number had grown to 48, after the birth of four kittens.
Eleven have been neutered but sadly, one of the cats had to be put down, after the discovery of a tumour.
And after appealing for support, they have received donations of food, and more than £2,000 from the community.
A message on the Feline Care Cat Rescue Facebook page last week read: “What started with a plea to help a group of 14 cats earlier today has lead to us admitting (so far) 27 cats and 12 kittens from one home.
People are being so generous. We have had so many food donations. It is such a good feeling as we were running low
“We still have more to catch over the next few days but judging by their poor condition we have some serious vet bills on the way, as well as microchipping, flea treating, worming, vaccinations and neutering.”
Mollie Farrar, manager at Feline Care Cat Rescue, said the cost of food, litter and veterinary care puts additional pressure on the charity.
And she once again praised community generosity, after the public helped support a Diss Express campaign to help save the centre in 2011.
“We are keeping the vets very busy this week,” she said.
“It has been quite overwhelming with coping with such a large influx.
“People are being so generous. We have had so many food donations. It is such a good feeling as we were running low. We had three deliveries alone on Wednesday morning.
“People have been ridiculously generous.
“It is very difficult to tell you when they will be ready for adoption on health grounds and personality grounds, because when you have cats living in that kind of environment, their personality with humans needs to come out, and it helps us to know what we are looking at. They need their confidence.”
How to donate: Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org; By text: FCCR12 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070; By cheque; Payable to ‘Feline Care’ and send to Feline Care, Roudham Road, Harling Road NR16 2QN
n The charity also has an Amazon wish list, which is viewable at www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/1QVFPSY0A62ZY
n For more on Feline Care Cat Rescue, visit www.felinecare.org.uk