A TRAFFORD animal sanctuary is appealing for support to help it cope with the large number of cats that it cares for.

The Society for Abandoned Animals is expecting a surge in the number of moggies that come into its care over the spring and summer.

During the season’s peak last year, as many as 60 kittens were in need of care and rehoming.

Laura Messenger, fundraiser for the society which is based off Dane Road in Sale, said: “Cats tend to be seasonal breeders – meaning they mate and give birth during the same period every year. Dogs and rabbits are the same, tending to breed during the warmer months when there is more daylight.

“This means that our busiest period for unwanted young and pregnant pets is from April to September.

“Last year was our busiest ever year for kittens - and 2014 is already proving to be even busier.

“During the season’s peak last year, as many as 60 kittens were in need of care and rehoming. Some come in without their mothers, and need to be hand reared for their first few weeks of life. Others come with mum in tow, and are cared for by the Society’s volunteer fosterers within their own homes until they are old enough to be rehomed.”

One such cat was Misha, pictured, a stray who gave birth within hours of coming into the society’s care. New homes were found for Misha and all her kittens.

Laura said animal lovers can help the sanctuary to cope by donating cat and kitten food (in jelly), which can be left at the sanctuary during its opening hours. Financial contributions are also welcomed, and can be made using the standing order form on the society’s website www.saarescue.co.uk.

On April 27, between 12-4pm the society is holding its annual spring fair at Mosley Acre Farm, Barfoot Bridge, Stretford.