Thirteen unwanted kittens were taken into the care of a Lincolnshire branch of a cat charity within the space of a few days last week.
The Skegness, Spilsby and Alford branch of Cats Protection is now caring for the kittens, with many of them quite poorly.
A total of 10 farm kittens – seven white and three black – were found among a colony of feral cats living on farmland as volunteers carried out vital Trap, Neuter and Return work.
The kittens, who are no more than seven weeks old, were not coping well with being exposed to the elements and were covered in dirt and grime. They were quickly seen by a vet and treated for any health issues.
They are now being cared for at the home of volunteer fosterer Karen, who is dedicating her time to handrearing them, including bottle-feeding several of the weaker ones.
Cats Protection is also working with the farm owners to ensure the remaining cats on their land are neutered to prevent anymore unwanted kittens being born.
Another two kittens also came into the branch’s care last week after they were abandoned at a local vet practice. A grey and white kitten was also brought in after being rejected by its feral mother.
All the kittens will now undergo a period of socialisation to ensure they get used to humans and can be successfully rehomed with loving families.
The Skegness, Spilsbury and Alford Branch of Cats Protection has around 14 volunteers, including Sue Carter who is undertaking a Trekfest challenge with a 25K walk to raise money for the branch.
Co-ordinator of the Branch Fiona said: “We have certainly had a busy time taking in kittens.
“Our team of volunteers is dedicated to getting them all back to good health, as well as feeling secure and protected in the presence of humans so they can live a stress-free life with responsible owners.
“While we rarely have trouble finding homes for kittens, we have a number of other cats in our care who are desperate for loving families to adopt them, and we would urge anyone thinking of getting a cat to consider welcoming any of these in to their home.”
For more information on rehoming any of the cats in the branch’s care call 0345 260 1383 or click here.