PRESS RELEASE FROM RSPCA
Animal charities and vets come together in Sheffield to tackle ‘cat crisis’
One year pilot project aims to reduce number of unwanted cats and kittens
Animal charities and vets in Sheffield are coming together to tackle a ‘crisis’ in unwanted cats and kittens.
Six charities - Cats Protection, PDSA – Help a vet help a pet, Rain Rescue – The Official Page, Rspca Sheffield Branch and The Sheffield Cats Shelter - and eight local veterinary practices are taking part in a one-year pilot project, funded and led by the national RSPCA.
Carrie Stones, Cat Population Control Manager for the North, who is managing the project, said: “The cat population in the UK has reached crisis point. The number of cats coming into the RSPCA increased by eight percent in a period of just two years, from 29,269 to 31,556, and is expected to continue to increase.
“Neutering and microchipping voucher schemes are great, but they are not effective enough to tackle the problem alone in areas with a higher than average number of unwanted and abandoned cats.
“The idea of this pilot project – which we’ve called Cat Smart Sheffield – is for the animal charities in the area to pool knowledge, expertise and access to existing schemes to enable outreach, engagement and educational sessions to take place in the areas where the problem is the worst as well.”
Five ‘hotspots’ where the majority of cat abandonment and rescues occur in Sheffield have been identified – S1, S2, S3, S5 and S9 – and the project will be specifically targeting these areas.
“A whopping 75% of cats and kittens coming into Sheffield Cat Shelter are from the S5 area so clearly this is somewhere we need to do a lot of work,” said Carrie.
“Local people will see us at shopping centres and supermarkets in these areas, and at events like the Firth Park Family day, but you don’t have to be from one of these five areas to get involved with the project or receive our help.”
The first event is taking place on Wednesday (2 August) when there will be a stall at the entrance to The Moor Market, The Moor, S1 4PF between 9am – 3pm, giving out completely free cat neutering and microchipping vouchers as well as information about cats and cat behavior.
Other events already in the calendar are on Thursday 3 August when there will be a stall at Asda, Chaucer Road, Sheffield, S5 8NH and Tuesday 8 August when Cat Smart Sheffield will be at Firth Park Family Day, Firth Park Library, Firth Park Road, S5 6QQ.
“Volunteers will be at the heart of this work, either because of their love of cats and belief in the project or due to their local connections, and community expertise.
“If you live in Sheffield and would like to get involved in this project, or want to claim a completely free neutering and microchipping voucher, please get in touch.”
For the latest information about Cat Smart Sheffield please visit and like the project’s Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/CatSmartSheffield/ or call 07969 323590.
For those living in the Rotherham area who need help with the cost of neutering their cat can also contact Rain Rescue on 07725888207 (please leave a message).