Eden Animal Rescue
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animals in our care
The first litters of kittens have already been born in the animal charity's cattery, and with regular reports of more stray pregnant cats, staff know this is just the beginning of a extremely busy time at the rescue.
While 'kitten season' conjures up images of cute baby animals, the reality is it puts huge pressure on rescue centres across the country; last year over 100 kittens were cared for by Eden Animal Rescue staff and volunteers alone, with 53 youngsters in at one time during the peak.
Sarah Bean, Eden Animal Rescue Centre Manager explains why its going to be even more challenging this year:
“In normal circumstances a team of staff and our amazing volunteers put in the hours to help care for these animals; doing feeds, cleaning them out three times a day, and socialising them so they are ready for family life, but with COVID-19 restrictions in place its going to be very difficult to manage. Staff and volunteer numbers will have to be kept low so everyone can observe social distancing, and because we are not able to rehome at this time there's a real possibility that we won't be able to help as many animals as we usually can once the cattery reaches capacity. The best thing you can do to help is please, please neuter your pet cats!”
Cats come into season and can breed from just four months old, and as pregnancies last just nine weeks, and females come back into season six weeks after giving birth, population levels can reach a critical point very easily over the summer months.
The financial implications of the summer baby boom are serious too; Eden Animal Rescue covers the cost of the first vaccinations and microchip for each kitten, which can cost in excess of £3,600 for 100 kittens, and neuters all adult cats. Any additional medical needs are dealt with too, whether that's vet treatment, specialist food for mum or kittens, or medication.
As we have been
forced to cancel fundraising events this summer due to the COVID-19 crisis, donations are very welcome.
One off or regular monthly donations can be made through the button below or visit and follow the
Amazon Wishlist link to donate maternity milk for bottle-fed kittens or prescription food.
Thank you for your help in caring for these tiny animals.
VISION & MISSION.
To rescue, care for and rehome the animals that need us most, and to never put down a healthy animal.
At Eden Animal Rescue we have a policy of never putting an animal to sleep unless a veterinary surgeon recommends it.
We've had dogs take as long as 18 months to find new homes and a number of cats have spent more than a year in our care. A few have even become permanent residents – Sparky, who was our office 'guard cat' for many years, was the most well-known!
No matter how busy we get or how long an animal has been with us we will continue to care for them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP.
We urgently need donations to help the animals in our care.
We are eligible for Amazon Smile donations, which come at no cost to you. Additionally, we would be very grateful if you are able to nominate us for the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good awards, which could win our centre £1,000.
Details of all the above as well as other ways you can help are available on our website.