A CAT homing centre in Leeds has been forced to open its doors early after being inundated with calls.
Feline welfare charity Cats Protection was due to open the Cat Homing Centre in Gildersome at the end of November.
But due to the high demand and calls for help from the public, the centre is already full.
Diane Mulcahy, homing centre manager, said: “In all honesty we were not prepared for the number of requests for help we’ve had.
“We’ve been inundated with calls from cat owners who can no longer look after their pets and although we were not due to open yet, we want to help as many cats as possible so opening our doors now was our only option.”
She added: “We’re delighted to see the centre in use but we didn’t expect to be up and running so quickly.”
It is hoped the purpose-built centre on Gildersome Road will help find homes for 500 cats and kittens each year and will provide information and advice on cat welfare and ownership.
Diane added: “We are urging anyone considering bringing a cat into their family to talk to Cats Protection first and help us continue working to improve cat welfare in Leeds.”
The new homing centre will be part of Cats Protection’s national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.
For more about the Leeds centre, visit the Facebook page ‘Cats Protection Gildersome Homing Centre’.
For more about the charity, go to www.cats.org.uk.