Birmingham cat charity unveils adoption crisis as hundreds of feline pets are abandoned

Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre tells us about the crisis they are facing with 243 cats on their waiting list
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A staggering 243 cats are waiting to come into the care of Cat Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre - with one pet rescued after he was thrown from a car.

That’s six cats waiting for every pen at the Hollywood establishment. And an increase in the number of kittens being abandoned, means more are staying for 72 days, rather than the standard 55. Kittens must be at least eight weeks old before they leave and need more care. 

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Some have arrived as part of the Lifeline service, which temporarily homes cats while their owners flee domestic abuse. But the bulk of the centre’s work involves abandoned animals and strays. 

Paula Beswick, deputy manager at the adoption centre, said: “It was an extremely busy end of year at the centre with 12 per cent more cats going to new homes during November and December than the same period last year, with ever increasing requests for our help. 

"Once cats were ready to move to their new homes, we are extremely proud that they were only with us for 15 days rather than the previous 21. While we try to make the centre a home-from-home, it’s no substitute for a real home so we love to see cats go to new families as speedily as possible. It also means we can bring in more cats for help. 

Oscar at Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption CentreOscar at Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre
Oscar at Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre

Paula added: “We know it has been a very challenging period for cat owners since the cost-of-living crisis emerged 18 months ago and we are also noticing that cats arrive needing significantly more vet treatment than previously.  

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“We would therefore urge owners to get in touch with us as soon as possible when things start getting tough as we will always do our best to help. But extra time to plan an admission or support the cat in the home helps us make it a better experience for both cat and owner.” 

Paula paid tribute to the sterling work of supporters who continue to provide money, towels, cat food and help.  Oscar, aged seven, and three-year-old Ripple are two cats currently in care. 

Oscar was spotted wandering the street after his owners moved away – and the scars show he had to battle for survival.  As a result of his time on the streets, Oscar contracted Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which means he has a lowered immune system. He therefore needs to be kept indoors with lots of human company. 

Ripple was rescued by Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre after being thrown from a carRipple was rescued by Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre after being thrown from a car
Ripple was rescued by Cat Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre after being thrown from a car

Paula said: “Although Oscar has been found to have a heart murmur, it doesn't hold him back and it can be monitored through regular vet check-ups. Staff and volunteers at the centre feel Oscar would suit a peaceful home where he can be pampered.” 

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Ripple, described as one of the most affectionate cats to stay at the centre, was thrown from a car. Paula said: “Despite his traumatic experience, he has been extremely friendly towards staff and volunteers from the moment of his arrival, always purring and enjoying fuss. His friendly nature suggests he will be able to comfortably settle in most homes.” 

Like all cats in Cats Protection's care, Ripple and Oscar are both neutered, have been vet-checked and received any required treatment. To find out more about the work of the centre or to enquire about adopting Ripple or Oscar, visit or call 01564 822 020. 

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