Kittens found abandoned in box and dumped in woods


Three tiny kittens have been found dumped inside a box in the woods.

The kittens who were just one week old, were so young when they were found by a dog walker, they still had their eyes closed. The member of the public heard the three kittens squealing inside a box, which had been dumped a wooded area in Conisbrough on May 14.

Animal Rescue Officer (ARO), Alex Ashton, took the kittens from the vets the dog walker had taken them to and brought them to RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for care, before they were taken in by the Wirral & Chester branch.

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Wirral Animal Centre manager Kay Hawthorn worked round-the-clock to care for the young and vulnerable three kittens, but sadly one of them died. Thankfully, the two remaining kittens, Bramble and Bracken, are reportedly doing very well.

Kay said: “These poor kittens were found abandoned in a wooded area in a taped up box. They were far too young to be away from their mum and sadly one of them died as a result, despite our best efforts to help.

"I’ve been hand rearing them round-the-clock and I’m so pleased that Bramble and Bracken are doing really well now. They are feeding well and beginning to toddle around and play which is lovely to see.

“This is a particularly busy time of year for kittens. From May to September is known as kitten season and we often see an influx of cats and kittens coming into our care here in the Wirral and nationally across the RSPCA.

The kittens were just a few days old when they were found dumped in a box
The kittens were just a few days old when they were found dumped in a box -Credit:RSPCA

“Sadly, we see many incidents of abandoned kittens largely due to cats having unexpected and unplanned litters which then prove to be too much time, effort and money, and sadly end up being abandoned. We’d urge everyone to please neuter your cats to avoid unexpected litters of kittens.”

The RSPCA has launched a cost of living hub for anyone looking for pet advice during the challenging economic times.

ARO Ashton added: “We understand that some owners may be struggling to care for their animals but we’d urge anyone struggling to please reach out for help and not to abandon their pets.

"These two were lucky that a kind member of the public found them and took them to the vets. We’d advise anyone who finds an abandoned animal in a public place to please take them to the vets as this is the quickest way to ensure they get the care they need.”

If you have any information about how these kittens came to be abandoned please contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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