The ISPCA is urging the public to consider adopting rescued cats in an effort to free up space in their cattery before the busy Christmas period.
351 cats and kittens have been responsibly rehomed from the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford this year so far, 207 of which originated from an ex-research facility, with 144 being seized by or surrendered to ISPCA inspectors.
50 cats remain at the centre and the ISPCA are hoping to find them new owners before Christmas as the animal welfare charity say thatitscattery is now full to capacity.
The charity is appealing to members of the public tocome forward and adopt one of these friendly cats if they are considering getting a new pet.
All the cats at the centre are fully vet checked, vaccinated, treated for parasites, litter trained, neutered or spayed and they will need to be rehomed as indoor cats only.
"These adorablecats will make wonderful pets plus they are naturally independent making them perfect companions for people with busy lifestyles," said Eva Ellis, ISPCA centre manager. "They love nothing more than to sit on a lap and be cuddled plus the mere act of stroking a cat has been known to release endorphins in our brain associated with well-being and happiness, linked to lowering blood pressure as well as lowering the risk of heart disease.
"We are however struggling to find new owners to adopt these gorgeous cats and with so many in our care, we are under pressure to find room to take in an additional 50 cats due to be removed from ex research laboratory by the end of December.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org , call (043) 33 25035 (0) or visit the ISPCA website to see the many cats and kittens looking for good homes.
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