The statistics about the pet overpopulation crisis are staggering. There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. and of those, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Of those, about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year … and often dogs and cats are brought back to the shelter after being surrendered by their guardians.

And it’s not just the U.S. Animal lovers around the world battle with the pet overpopulation crisis, as we can see from this heartbreaking story from overseas. Recently, a man from a small town in England was out for a walk when he came across a pet carrier, abandoned in the middle of the sidewalk on a hot summer day.

Curious as to why there was a carrier on the sidewalk, he approached and came across a sad discovery: a cat was inside the carrier, left to somehow fend for herself in the scorching sun. 

The feline had been abandoned with all of her toys and when the kind man was checking to see if the cat was okay, he noticed the cat’s owner dumping the last of the cat’s possessions, a cat tree, outside. 

The kind passerby was understandably worried and called the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, an animal shelter in London, England to let them know about the cat’s situation. Volunteers from the Celia Hammond Animal Trust were able to meet the man at a local train station to get the cat, named Marcus, to safety. 

Despite being abandoned, Marcus seems to be doing well. Thanks to a microchip, his former owner was identified. He said he simply no longer wanted to take care of the cat. Unbelievable! But we are so glad Marcus is now safe and will soon find the forever family he deserves. 


We’re so glad that Marcus was given a second chance and compassionate people helped him find safety. This gorgeous boy definitely deserves it and we wish him the best of luck!

There are thousands of deserving cats waiting for their forever homes at an animal shelter near you. Choosing to adopt rather than shop for a new pet helps to reduce the homeless pet population and can help free up more space in a shelter for other animals who desperately need itFostering an animal is another great way to help animals in need!

Even if you cannot foster or adopt, you can still help kittens. Participate in your local trap-neuter-release program to ensure that no unwanted kittens are born or use your social media accounts to raise awareness about the importance of adoption and spaying or neutering your pets.

If you happen to come across a dog or cat, or any other animal in need, check out these Animal Rescue Hotlines! For more information about the Celia Hammond Animal Trust and the amazing work they do on behalf of our four-legged friends, click here.

Image source: Celia Hammond Animal Trust/Facebook