The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 627 in Essex, as a result of calls to it’s 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 742 cats were rehomed in Essex.

To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit to find your purr-fect match.

Cats like Daisy, Boo, Mia, Bo, Charlie and Buddy & Coco.

Name: Daisy

Age: Eight

Breed: Turkish Van

Where: RSPCA Essex South West Branch

A bit about: Dainty Daisy the gorgeous white tabby came into RSPCA care after she was unable to cope with the family dog in her previous home.

Why she’s special: Daisy is very gentle and affectionate, she maybe a little timid and shy at first but once she gets to know you she will love a belly rub!

Ideal home: Daisy would prefer a home with no dogs. In fact, she would love to be the only one to get all the fuss so would prefer to be the only animal in the home.

More information: To find out more about Daisy please visit her page on the RSPCA website on Find A Pet.

Name: Boo

Age: Five

Breed: Domestic shorthair crossbreed

Where: RSPCA Essex Mid, Brentwood, Chelmsford & District Branch

A bit about: Boo came from a multi cat household and came in to RSPCA with a lot of the other cats she was living with.

Why she’s special: Boo is a very sweet, friendly cat who longs for a loving family of her own.

Ideal home: Boo has lots of affection to give and would benefit in a calmer household and she can be a little shy in a new environment.

More information: To find out more about Boo please visit her page on the RSPCA website on Find A Pet.

Name: Mia

Age: Four

Breed: Domestic shorthair

Where: RSPCA Danaher

A bit about: Lovely Mia arrived in our care after she came from a multicat household.

Why she’s special: Mia is a very timid and shy girl at first, but when you go slowly with her she really enjoys having a fuss and makes the most of all the attention on her. We feel if she is given the time to come out of her shell she will really start to show her real character.

Ideal home: Mia could live with other cats but would prefer to be in a home with no dogs and because she is a shy little thing she would be better with either adults or a family with older teenagers.

More information: To find out more about Mia please visit her page on the RSPCA Danaher website.

Name: Bo

Age: Two

Breed: Domestic shorthaired

Where: RSPCA Stort Valley Branch

A bit about: Beautiful Bo was a wonderful mummy to seven gorgeous kittens, who have all found their forever homes; now it’s Bo’s turn to find the purrfect home she deserves!

Why she’s special: Bo can be quite independent and, although she enjoys a cuddle, she will let you know when she has had enough!

Ideal home: Bo needs an experienced owner and would not be suitable to a home with children.

More information: To find out more about Bo please visit her page on the RSPCA website on Find A Pet.


Name: Charlie

Age: Eight

Breed: Domestic Shorthaired

Where: RSPCA Danaher

A bit about: Charlie came into RSPCA care after her owner sadly passed away.

Why she’s special: After losing her owner this poor girl has been worrying a lot, finding the change in her life extremely daunting. She can be timid and can hide away if she is scared and may grumble too – but that is only because she is nervous. Her handler at the branch has been spending lots of time with her, getting her out of the pen to sit, talk and snuggle up to her, to show her that we humans aren’t scary at all.

Ideal home:  Charlie can be a shy girl who finds the big wide world a little daunting so she would best suit an adult only home or one with teenagers and with no dogs.

More information: To find out more about Charlie please visit his page on the RSPCA Danaher branch website.

Name: Buddy and Coco

Age: 3.5 and 4.5

Breed: Domestic shorthair and domestic longhair

Where: RSPCA Danaher

A bit about: These two sweethearts arrived in our care as their owner sadly passed away.

Why they’re special: Since arriving it has taken them time to come out of their shells, but with some TLC they really have started to gain in confidence and show their characters. They love to have a fuss and would be happy to sit near you as long as they get all the attention!

Ideal home: This  pair are firm friends and are looking for a home together. They can live with other cats, but not with dogs and would prefer a home with older children if possible.

More information: To find out more about Buddy and Coco please visit their page on the RSPCA branch website.


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.