LIMERICK Feral Cats, an entirely voluntary organisation set-up to help improve the welfare of feral cats, is seeking homes for up to 60 kittens rescued in the Limerick area this summer.
The group, consisting of five people based in the city and county, was set up in July 2011 and focus on neutering cats to prevent the suffering of countless kittens that are born out of doors each year.
This summer alone the voluntary group have rescued over 60 kittens as a result, reared them in their own homes with a large dollop of tender loving care, had them checked out by a vet, litter trained, vaccinated and neutered, and are now seeking ‘loving homes’ for them.
“We don’t have a premises or an office, we just basically work off our phones and out of our cars. We are working voluntarily in our spare time so it is a bit of tall order,” explained Aisling O’Donoghue, a student based in Murroe.
The group, also consisting of Mary Mollica, Lynda Stapleton, Jackie O’Driscoll and Emma Quane, is hoping people will respond to the appeal and come forward to help the kittens.
“We want people to adopt from us, and the advantage is that they have already been health checked, wormed and vaccinated and neutered, whereas people are taking a gamble when they get kittens elsewhere,” explained Aisling.
There are currently no groups in Limerick offering a similar service, making Limerick Feral Cats a unique offering.
“We were set up because there was a need for the service. Limerick Animal Welfare can’t take in feral cats, they don’t have the facilities. We fill a niche. Certainly, in terms of public bodies, there is no funding there or support there to help people,” added Aisling.
The group is currently at capacity and cannot take any more cats, and rather is seeking to house the kittens that they have rescued, treated and cared for.
“We are fighting a losing battle because there is only five of us, but we are focusing on the battle we can win. We are trying to make a small difference and we are looking for homes for these fantastic cats,” explained Aisling.
Anyone interested in adopting a kitten from Limerick Feral Cats can see the kittens on the group’s Facebook page. Phone enquiries are welcome on 085 1335364.
They are also in Maxi Zoo with some of the kittens every Saturday from 12 to 4pm.