29 cats have been rescued in Catford after the house they were living in was repossessed, leaving the felines to fend for themselves.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Lewisham posted on Facebook yesterday that they had saved a clowder of cats.

They said: “We have taken in twenty nine cats after their owners home was repossessed.

“Their owners had not neutered their cats and numbers had got completely out of of control. The cats aged 5 months upwards were all unneutered and many have symptoms of cat flu. Their owners had given away / sold any younger kittens.”

The staff at Celia Hammond are trying to track down anymore cats that may have been from the house.

However, with this unexpected rescue, the sheer number of cats have put a strain on the Trust's resources and they are now asking for urgent donations.

A spokeswoman from Celia Hammond said: “June - September are the busiest months of the year in cat rescue anyway as it's the height of kitten season and we are inundated with calls to help stray mother cats and their litters of kittens who are found outside in gardens, on the street, in derelict buildings, behind shops and so on.

“So we are generally very full up with cats and are urgently in need of homes for them.”

The veterinary staff at the Lewisham clinic have commenced the task of treating and neutering all the cats prior to them being ready for new homes.

If you wish to help, the Trust is looking for food and bedding at 233-235, Lewisham Way London SE4 1UY during their opening hours, on Monday - Friday from 9am to 6pm or on weekends from 1 to 5 pm.

Donations to help towards the cost of the cats care can be made via the options listed on the website: