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Feral cat crisis continues
AN ANIMAL charity is desperate for the public's help as a feral cat crisis continues.
Colonies of wild cats, totalling about 200 across six main sites, have been springing up around the Wycombe district since summer.
There have been as many as 30 animals in each location.
Despite a plea going nationwide after a Bucks Free Press article in August was picked up by BBC television and radio and various national newspapers South Bucks RSPCA is still in dire need of volunteers to help its operation.
Spokesman Pat Edgar said: "Despite all this fantastic publicity only around half-a-dozen local volunteers came forward and the charity is still desperately seeking more help.
"A neutering programme is currently being undertaken with the aim of controlling and reducing the feral cat population.
"Volunteers are needed to work as part of the team humanely trapping the cats, taking them to a local vet for a health check and neutering, and later returning them to the site or onward for homing on farms.
"If a kitten can be trapped and brought into the charity’s care before its six weeks old, there is a good chance of being able to socialise the animal and re-homing it into a loving household as a domestic pet.
"Left longer, it will probably remain feral for life."
Among the sites, officers found and neutered a stray mum and kittens on commercial premises in Marlow.
Anyone with their own car who can help the RSPCA, which is entirely reliant on donations, is asked to call Joan Johnson on 0845 676 9184 for a chat and more details.
For information on re-homing animals see www.southbucksrspca.org.uk.
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