- Michelle Collins
- From:The Sunday Mail (Qld)
- May 28, 2011
VET Meredith Brothers is having kittens – she can’t find homes for Josie, Sparkles, Tiffany and Crumpet.
The four kittens were part of a litter of seven born after their mother was found behind a block of flats in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor.
Ms Brothers said Gypsy, named by staff at the Wilston Vet Clinic, was already in labour when a Good Samaritan discovered her and brought her in.
“We phoned the RSPCA but they were closed due to the floods, and were already overrun with stray pets and had no more foster carers who could take them,” she said.
“If we sent them to the RSPCA they may not have been able to foster them and they may have been euthanased so we decided to keep them and care for them until they were old enough to be re-homed.”
Homes were found for three of the kittens but the remaining four and Gypsy are homeless.
All have been micro-chipped, vaccinated, de-sexed them and de-wormed.
“All we’re asking for is a $50 donation to our stray animal/wildlife fund as payment,” Ms Brothers said.
And Gypsy’s kittens aren’t alone.
The RSPCA currently has 181 kittens in Brisbane who need owners.
Spokesperson Michael Beatty said the cat breeding season seemed to last longer each year.
“Cat breeding season used to finish at the end of March now it finishes mid-way through April, probably because of the warmer weather,” he said.
‘But if people would just get their cats de-sexed we wouldn’t get flooded with strays and kittens wouldn’t get dumped on doorsteps.”