The charity, which currently has over 1,943 cats in its care across Yorkshire, estimates there are still over 500 cats waiting for its support. Without more cat fosterers the charity won't be able to help. Diane Mulcahy, manager of Cats Protection’s forthcoming homing centre in Gildersome, Leeds, says: "Concern for animal welfare in Yorkshire has increased rapidly over recent years, and unfortunately there is no sign of things improving.
"This is why we’ve decided to step in and try to change this worrying trend by asking people in the region who have a little time, love and space to help us by volunteering as a cat fosterer, and also by building a new homing centre in the region. Each new cat fosterer we recruit will enable us to increase the number of animals we can care for and rehome with loving owners. Their help is invaluable to us."