More than 180 stray and abandoned cats are waiting to be re-homed across Northampton, Daventry and Towcester.
In a bid to get numbers down and find the vulnerable animals new homes, the Northampton branch of Cats Protection held a re-homing day at the Spinney Lodge Veterinary Hospital, in Kettering Road.
And during the first hour alone, more than 70 people visited the centre to register an interest and a total of five cats and five kittens were found new homes.
Sue Arnold, from the charity, said: “At the start of the day we had 11 cats and five kittens in the centre who needed re-homing, so to have new homes for so many in the first hour was incredible.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of interest, but there are still about 180 more cats across the area on the waiting list to come to us.
“Unfortunately, we can’t take in new cats until we’ve found homes for all the ones we currently have.”
The 180 cats have been reported as either abandoned or stray across Northampton, Daventry and Towcester.
They are looked after by the people who report them, until Cats Protection has room to look after them.
After they are taken in by the charity, they are given a full health check, vaccinated and microchipped.
People who want to take one of the cats then have their homes checked to make sure they are suitable to house one of the animals.
They also have to pay a fee to Cats Protection to take the animals.
At the previous re-homing session held by the charity in January, a total of 14 cats were found new homes.
Anyone who would like to take on a stray or abandoned cat can call Cats Protection on 0844 7003251 or visit the charity’s website at www.cats.org.uk/northampton.