The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 274 in West Sussex – as a result of calls to its national cruelty line. 

As the charity enters Cat Week as part of its month-long rehoming drive Adoptober, it reveals RSPCA inspectors rescued the equivalent of more than 60 cats per day – or 22,000 over the whole year.

This is more than any other animal nationally and is four times the number of dogs (5,930).

Cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Sadly we do know that cats are an extremely misunderstood pet and can often find themselves the victims of poor care.

“Our inspectorate is getting calls every day from worried members of the public reporting the cruelty of these animals – and the number of cats we are rescuing is equivalent to 60 per day which is far too high.

“Cats can become victims of air gun attacks as well as poisonings both accidental and deliberate, just like dogs they can also become victims of over breeding and over population.

“We know that the answer to a lot of the problems relating to cats in this country is raising the rates of neutering which in turn will lead to fewer unwanted animals coming into our centres and branches.

“We are calling for cat owners to neuter their cats at around 4 months old, rather than 6 months, which can greatly reduce the risk of them getting pregnant and owners being stuck with an unwanted litter.

“If you are thinking of taking on an animal we would always urge people to look into adopting a rescue pet, as our centres are full of loving cats of all shapes and sizes looking for forever homes.”

This month the RSPCA launched a campaign for ‘Adoptober’ and is dedicating the month of October to raising awareness of it’s vital work finding homes for animals most in need and this week (14-20 October) is dedicated to cats.

In 2018, the RSPCA managed to find new homes for 23,893 cats – more than 450 every single week. A total of 129 cats were rehomed in West Sussex.

To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit to find your purr-fect match – cats like Tinkerbelle, Tilly and Star Boy.



Age: 10

Where: RSPCA Mount Noddy Animal Centre, Chichester, West Sussex

A bit about: Tinkerbelle is a very affectionate cat who enjoys people being around her and is sprightly as a kitten.  She loves a fuss, sitting on laps and rolling around for attention!

Why she’s special: She has so much love to give, it’s really time to find her forever home as she has been in catteries far too long.

Ideal home: She has previously lived with children, and she would make a great addition to a family with older children who will know to give her time and space. She would like to be the only pet in the home.

More information: To find out more about Tinkerbelle visit her pagehere

Name: Tilly

Age: Four

Where: RSPCA Mount Noddy Animal Centre, Chichester, West Sussex

A bit about: Tilly is a sweet girl who just loves attention and treats.

Why she’s special: Tilly needs a home with experienced owners who can read her body language to know when she is asking for reassurance or space. She came into our care after moving from a rural area to a town and so became unsettled in her new environment.

Ideal home: Beautiful Tilly will need to live in a semi rural area in an adult only home or one with older teens and no other pets. She will also need access to the outside world so she can go out and explore.

More information: To find out more about Tilly visit her page here

Name: Star Boy

Age:  Five

Where: RSPCA Mount Noddy Animal Centre, Chichester, West Sussex

A bit about: Star Boy is an independent fella, but does love a little bit of attention too. He has a strong character, is cheeky by nature but is also a real gentleman.

Why he’s special: Star Boy has had a rough time, living for a while as a stray. He loves food more than anything and will do whatever it takes to get it. He is also very intelligent and adores different types of enrichment and games.

Ideal home: He would need to be the only pet in the household, and be able to go outside and explore as he is used to the outside world.

More information: To find out more about Star Boy visit his page here

One of the benefits of adopting a cat from the RSPCA means they are already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. You could also take advantage of four weeks’ free RSPCA Pet insurance*. What’s more, if you decide to take out a full RSPCA Pet insurance policy once this has expired, you will also be supporting other rescue pets as 15% of the premium you pay goes towards helping animals in need.

If you’re not in a position to give a pet a home this October, you can still help thousands of animals in our care by donating at, sponsoring a dog kennel or cat pod for just £1.50 a week, or showing your support for rescue pets with one of our RSPCA T-shirts. Find out how to support the work of your local RSPCA here.