Purr-haps you are thinking about adopting a pet cat?

If so, RSPCA Cymru is urging you to ‘adopt don’t shop’ and consider rehoming a cat from a rescue centre ahead of International Cat Day (8 August).

Tabitha BYM Reggie BYM Rhubarb BYMCurrently RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre in Upper Colwyn Bay has 27 cats looking for their fur-ever homes.

Centre manager Victoria Williams said: “At the moment we do have a large number of cats in our care and would love for them to find their forever homes as soon as possible.

“If anyone was considering rehoming a cat, please come along to our centre so we can show you are wonderful residents – with each and every one of them having their own unique characters.

“As a centre, we prioritise animals rescued from cruelty and neglect, so our cats are often looking for a second chance for a happy forever home.

“With such large numbers of cats desperately seeking a new home and someone to love them, it’s so important that the public always look to adopt, and not shop, when considering getting a companion animal.”

One of the cats at the centre is the handsome little Hector. The black and white three-year-old is a sweet lad, although he is a little timid.

Victoria said: “Hector is currently enjoying some extra TLC in a foster home and although he took a few days to settle in, he is now starting to enjoy playing and having some fuss and attention. He will be a great little cat for someone who has a quiet home and maybe is home for much of the day too.

“Along with Hector we have so many cats who would make lovely additions to the family – so please come and visit us to meet them.”

The animal centre also has black cat Reggie – who came into RSPCA care after suffering a cat bite injury to his face, confident kitten Peter Pan who sadly has been overlooked for some time and Tabitha who came into the charity’s care heavily pregnant. Tabitha has been an amazing mum and is now waiting ever so patiently for her new forever home.

Eight-year-old Rhubarb is also looking for a home after her owner sadly passed away. She’s so friendly, food loving and such an affectionate cat.

Based in Upper Colwyn Bay, the Bryn-Y-Maen centre provides specialist care for domestic and farm animals, and staff also provide support to injured wildlife.

The centre can be contacted on 0300 123 0745, and all cats, and other companion animals, available for adoption can be found online. Members of the public thinking of re-homing a cat can find useful cat care tips and advice on the RSPCA’s website.