Mad Hatter's tea party finds families for Northampton's cats and rabbits

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A Mad Hatter's tea party for cats and rabbits helped find new pets for at least 10 families.

RSPCA Northamptonshire staff dressed up as Alice In Wonderland characters and opened their doors to the public in a drive to rehome the dozens of animals in their care.

The RSPCA Northamptonshire staff threw the party to help find homes for animals in their care.

The RSPCA Northamptonshire staff threw the party to help find homes for animals in their care.

Potential adopters enjoyed cake and coffee while viewing cats and rabbits in the branch's hutches and cattery.

The tea party raised £112 and saw more than 100 visitors at the centre at Mill Cottage, in Creaton Road, Brixworth.

Vicky Bayley and her son, Andrew, 10, visited the centre for tea and cake and ended up leaving with a new family pet.

Mrs Bayley said: "We're taking a playmate home for our other cat, who we also picked up from here at Christmas.It's just so nice to give them a forever home.

Doris, one of the cats up for adoption. She was brought in by RSPCA inspectors during Storm Doris.

Doris, one of the cats up for adoption. She was brought in by RSPCA inspectors during Storm Doris.

"We weren't expecting to take one home today either."

Andrew said: "His name is Oscar and he has a very chilled attitude and he will be good company. We think he will be a lap warmer cat."

By the end of the day, 10 cats and two rabbits had found new families.

Emma Markham, adoptions manager at the centre, said: "Today was a great success and busier than we've ever seen it. We've had people come in just for tea and cake, which is fine, but we've had some really good adoptions.

Vicky Bayley and her son Andrew with their new cat, Oscar.

Vicky Bayley and her son Andrew with their new cat, Oscar.

"We were hoping to reserve more rabbits just because we have so many of them. The RSPCA is looking after more than ever before and there's also a long waiting list for cats to come to our cattery.

"Thank you to everyone who came down today. It was good fun to dress up and act silly for a day."

The branch's cattery was built and opened in September 2016 after a legacy donation from a lady who sadly died.

It has twelve pens and provides 'five-star accommodation' for up to 24 cats.

Connie, who is up for adoption. The RSPCA currently has more rabbits in their care than ever before.

Connie, who is up for adoption. The RSPCA currently has more rabbits in their care than ever before.

Adopting an adult cat costs £70 while kittens cost £75.

Adopting a rabbit costs £45.

For more information or to enquire about adopting any animal from the RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch, email adoptions@rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk.

Purdy was the first cat of the day to get rehomed.

Purdy was the first cat of the day to get rehomed.

Lottie and Tilly, who came to the branch when their owner sadly died. The RSPCA has difficulty finding homes for pets that come as a pair.

Lottie and Tilly, who came to the branch when their owner sadly died. The RSPCA has difficulty finding homes for pets that come as a pair.

Frank, who has been at the branch since December 2016 when he was born in a stable, has found a new home.

Frank, who has been at the branch since December 2016 when he was born in a stable, has found a new home.