Time is running out for the operation launched to save the wild cats
The clock is ticking for a major rescue operation to save more than 100 feral cats in Harwich and Dovercourt.
Concerns are growing about the number of cats and kittens “in desperate need of help” at four locations in cities, including Victoria Street.
Tendring Council is set to clean up an abandoned site, raising fears that the animals could be caught in the rubble and killed.
The problem has worsened in recent months due to a breeding frenzy among unsterilized felines.
They are also at high risk of fighting, expensive vet fees, and transmission of dangerous animal viruses.
Kitty Kat Rescue, a care-based cat rescue and placement service, said the unfolding situation is “heartbreaking” as volunteers attempt to save the animals.
He said: “We are tackling a major wandering and wilderness site in Harwich. What was originally thought of as a small isolated site has now grown into around 100 cats and kittens spread across four sites, all in desperate need of help.
“The conditions in one place can only be described as heartbreaking.
“Many are suffering from flu-like symptoms, wounds, abscesses from fighting and other injuries – they all need urgent rescue.
“We learned at one location that the council will be assisting with contractors to clean up the site. It is devastating.
“We have been given a two week window to trap and save as much as possible, so time is really of the essence here before it’s too late.”
Concerned volunteers have now stepped in as part of a desperate community effort to save as many cats as possible.
The statement continued: “Not only did they help us clean up the site of the bloom, which allowed us to set traps, but they volunteered, transported and some even offered to become host families. temporary to allow us to accommodate such large numbers of cats and kittens.
“It was truly an overwhelming experience to see so many people come together for these babies. ”
It is estimated that the costs of the operation will run into the thousands, as sterilization, deworming and flea testing will cost around £ 120 per animal, ahead of treatment for injuries and illnesses.
Those who wish to help should visit the Kitty Kat Rescue Facebook page, but residents are urged not to attempt to catch the animals themselves as they fear large crowds will surprise the cats and hamper rescue efforts. .