Volunteers at the RSPCA Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston & District Branch have been left 'sickened' after burglars broke into their property to take cat and dog food.
Shocked members have asked supporters and the public for help after the crime, which they said took place on Tuesday night.
They said the burglars had effectively taken vital food right out of the mouths of the needy pets in their care.
The centre helps pets from many towns in the Hillingdon borough area including Hayes, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Yiewsley, Denham, and Harlington.
Tonight, the RSPCA branch has spoken out about the burglary on its Facebook page, as it called for help with a special appeal.
The group said: “We're totally shocked and sickened by this incident and appreciate any support you are able to give.
“It defies belief that anyone would actually take food out of the mouths of our rescue animals, but that's what happened overnight on Tuesday this week when someone broke into our premises and stole, among other things, our entire stock of staple cat and kitten food, together with a lot of dog food.
“If anyone is able to help us replenish our supplies with even a small donation of Felix kitten pouches in jelly, or Felix / Whiskas adult pouches in jelly, we would be really grateful.
“Please bring any donations to our Hillingdon Clinic at 16 Crescent Parade, or to any of our charity shops. Thank you.”
A clinic attached to the branch, pictured below, offers veterinary care for those members of the community who cannot afford private veterinary treatment and who meet certain requirements.
picture courtesy of RSPCA website
It takes in animals which are brought to be re-homed because their current owners were unable to keep them for whatever reason.
The branch this week appealed for new owners for the cats, pictured at the top of the article, Rowan and Rowena – who are 1 to 3 years old.
The branch said: “This lovely couple would be happy to live with older children but preferably no other pets. Please get in touch if you could offer Rowan and Rowena a forever home and lots of love.”