Roscommon SPCA ‘overwhelmed’ by number of cats in need of rescue

Appeals for people to ‘rehome’ cats

Roscommon SPCA is making an urgent appeal to the public to please consider rehoming one or more of the many cats currently in their care. 2021 was an unprecedented year with regard to the number of cats requiring care from Roscommon SPCA.

  “We are entirely volunteer-based and are completely overwhelmed at present with the number of cats we’re having to rescue and take care of”, said a spokesperson for the Roscommon SPCA.

  “We desperately need homes for indoor and outdoor cats so that we can continue to rescue, care for and protect the animals in Roscommon”.

  At present, the volunteers with the Roscommon SPCA often receive up to 100 phone calls a day from concerned members of the public regarding everything from suspected cases of animal cruelty, sick/injured animals, strays, missing cats/dogs, to enquiries about getting a cat/dog neutered. There are a number of ways the Roscommon SPCA intervenes to support these animals.

  For example, the ‘Spay-a-Stray 2022’ initiative is a programme provided to County Roscommon residents courtesy of Roscommon SPCA,which is part-funded by the Department of Agriculture. This allows members of the public within the county to get ‘their’ stray spayed for just €10 during the months of January and February (€20 thereafter). This helps control the number of cats, however the Roscommon SPCA is still experiencing record numbers of cats, in particular, requiring their care. In 2021 alone, over 200 cats thankfully found their forever homes through the dedicated work of the Roscommon SPCA volunteers and foster carers.

  There are almost forty cats currently being cared for by Roscommon SPCA and seeking permanent homes. Year on year, Roscommon SPCA is inundated with straying, sick and injured cats and kittens and the numbers keep rising. Rehoming forms part of the solution but the main solution is spaying to try and bring these numbers down. Spaying ultimately prolongs a cat’s life and helps control the cat population that can so easily run out of control.

  To see/hear about all the beautiful cats that are desperate for homes of their own, please visit the Roscommon SPCA website, or contact 087-0505594.