TEN little kittens dumped in a cage was the sight that greeted Ipswich RSPCA workers this morning and it's unlikely to be an isolated incident.

As the RSPCA braces for the busy 'festive' season the animal welfare organisation is calling on the community to offer up their homes this Christmas as temporary accommodation.

Christmas coincides with breeding season and each year the shelters struggle to find enough space to house newcomers like the litter of kittens found inside the locked boxes in front of the Ipswich shelter.

The five week old kittens are among a group of about 50 animals surrendered or taken to the Ipswich shelter that will hopefully be sent out to local foster homes for the holiday period.

Ipswich shelter manager Nicole Dann said overcrowding was stressful for the animals and that the litter of ten kittens was only the beginning.

"Today we have 28 cats that all need somewhere to go for the Christmas period," Ms Dann said.

"This time of year we definitely see an increase in the number of animals dumped which is why we try to free up space when we can."

Across Queensland the RSPCA needs to find foster homes for more than 2400 cats and dogs.

They've put a call out for help in Brisbane, Ipswich and Dakabin.

Most of the animals in need of accommodation are also up for adoption, but if that's too big a commitment; offering a temporary home would help.

The RSPCA is looking for people with high, secure fenced homes for larger dogs and adult cat carers that can take on the job of bottle feeding kittens every three to four hours.

Many of the animals at Ipswich have, or will be, transferred to Wacol where foster carers are being organised until Ipswich has its own program up and running.

Apply here or email fostering@rspcaqld.org.au.



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