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Bradford Revealed as Worst Area for Unwanted Cats

12 October 2015

UK - Bradford has topped a cat rescue chart as West Yorkshire’s worst region for abandoned and unwanted cats.

Yorkshire Cat Rescue has been keeping a detailed register of exactly where cats and kittens have been handed in from since 2009. Seven of the top ten postcodes are in Bradford, two are in Halifax and one is in Leeds.

“Although our data features 142 different postcodes, Bradford accounted for a staggering seven of our top ten. Bradford accounts for 82 per cent of rescued cats in the top ten locations we have registered new arrivals from since 2009. BD20, 21 and 22 account for more than half of the cats in the top five alone,” reveals Sara Atkinson, founder of Yorkshire Cat Rescue.

“Many of the cases we prioritise involve mother cats and kittens living outside, and there are clearly areas in West Yorkshire that suffer particularly from stray cat populations.Sara hopes the revelation will encourage people across Bradford, Halifax and Leeds to neuter their pets and take an active role in reducing the region’s stray cat population.

“Areas that are dominated by terrace houses, perhaps with old sheds or other buildings in the gardens, are prime spots for feral cats to live and breed. These are zones where extra efforts are required to capture, neuter and release feral cats to stop them breeding further. If done properly, they can go on to co-exist happily with residents and simply by being there, these managed colonies will prevent other un-neutered cats from moving in.”

“I want to encourage home owners across West Yorkshire to keep an eye out for what might be stray or abandoned cats in their area; especially pregnant cats and young kittens. If these aren’t captured and re-homed, or neutered and released, they will continue to breed and the problem will escalate to an unmanageable scale.

“By supporting your local cat rescue, you can do a lot to reduce the problem. But don’t ignore it. These problem areas need tackling and we can’t do it alone,” adds Sara.

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