The RSPCA has appealed to Hounslow's animal lovers to spread a little Christmas cheer across the animal world this year and take part in its fostering scheme.
The charity is looking to expand into Hounslow with the help of big-hearted volunteers who are prepared to share their home with a needy creature until a more permanent home becomes available.
London branch volunteer Christine Kerridge said: "We are looking for people to take care of these animals over Christmas and we are hoping that they will see it as a lovely way of spending time with an animal over the holiday.
"At the moment we're overrun and it's so sad for them to be stuck in little pens. We're looking for quiet homes, preferably without other animals or very young children, so the cat or small animal can settle in well."
The central London branch has dozens of cats, including the adorable feline pictured above, looking for new homes in the capital. But in the mean time most of them are currently lodging in expensive private boarding facilities.
Spokeswoman Klare Kennett said: "We don't have any volunteers in Hounslow yet, but we do rescue strays there and would welcome any animal-lovers who feel they can offer an animal a quiet home.
"We're looking for generous people to help these animals out in their time of need."
The branch will provide all equipment and training to look after the pet, as well as paying for any vets bills.
All the animals have been neutered, vaccinated and given a full veterinary check.
Anyone interested in fostering is asked to contact the branch on 0208 8056330 and leave a message with their contact details.
The cats and other animals can be viewed on the branch website www.rspcacentrallondon.org.uk