UNLIke the women taking centre court at the Wimbledon final today, all these adorable kittens want to score is love.
They’ve been making a racquet at the RSPCA animal centre in Wade Street, Halifax, where the cattery is full of unwanted felines.
Staff there have named 14 of the cuties after some of the tennis tournament’s biggest stars in the hope it might help them win new homes.
They are: Maria Sharapova; Rafael Nadal; Venus Williams; Andy Murray; Roger Federer; Serena Williams; Mardy Fish; Laura Robson; Heather Watson; Lleyton Hewitt; Jamie Murray; Andy Roddick; Novac Djokavic; and Elena Baltacha.
Julie Cockcroft, centre manager, said the litters had been getting into the Wimbledon spirit.
“This lot have been practising hard perfecting their serve using ping-pong balls and paws,” she said.
Gary Noble, supervisor, said he was concerned about the lack of fair play though.
“The kittens don’t seem to understand the rules and are using the net as a climbing frame,” he said.
“There have also been spats over balls and some very rough tackling.”
The kittens, aged between seven and 14 weeks, need to be rehomed to make way for four litters that are waiting to come in from foster homes.
Alex Darwell, rehoming coordinator at the centre, said: “There are lots of new players waiting to come in and join the training but we just do not have the space. Please help us to create more room by giving a new home to one of our lovely cats or kittens.”
To adopt a cat you must be over 18 and written permission from the landlord will be required if you live in rented accommodation. Existing pets must be vaccinated and neutered and a home visit will be carried out.
Anyone interested in fostering or rehoming a cat can drop into the branch or call staff on 01422 365628.