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Warning For Cat Owners After Virus Numbers Go Up

If you are looking at adding a little kitten or fully grown cat friend to your family, now is the perfect time but exisiting cat owners are being warned.

Up to 1,000 cats are now available for free adoption as RSPCA Victoria looks to try and reduce it’s number of pets in shelter after Christmas.

The RSPCA’s centres are current operating above their capacity and it has been forced to outsource their care.

Breeding season meant that they had 1200 cats come into care in December and November 2019, compared to just 531 in September.

Chief executive Dr Liza Walker said she expects this to carry on through summer “We desperately need to find forever homes for all of them as soon as possible and to make way for the many more cats and kittens that will come into our care in the coming months,” she said.

The organisation is also advising cat owners to vaccinate their pats after they received a high number of cats coming in with the panleukopenia virus.

Free cat adoption is available at all RSPCA Victoria facilities including Petbarn stores until January 31.

The promotion excludes kittens under the age of four months.

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