Tiny kittens heartbreakingly dumped in taped-up cardboard box in Coventry

The tiny kittens were found abandoned in an industrial park in Coventry
-Credit: (Image: RSPCA Coventry)

Tiny kittens were found dumped in a taped-up cardboard box on an industrial estate in Coventry. The kittens, now named Crunchie, Fudge, Malteser, Picnic, Rolo, and Twix, are currently at the RSPCA Coventry centre awaiting rehoming.

It is not the only incident the centre has seen lately as cats have been rescued from the side of the A45 after potential abandonment. There have, according to the team, also been 'heartbreaking' cases of kittens being left with a note saying “I can't afford to take care of these kittens anymore, please look after them for me".

In fact, the centre has said it has been the worst year for cat and kitten abandonment in the city for two decades Lorraine Bryan-Arnold, centre ,anager, stated: "This is the worst year for cat and kitten abandonment I have seen in my 20 years working at the RSPCA Coventry.

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"We have increased our cattery over the last five years and are already at capacity. This is combined with a lack of interest in older cats, black cats, and those with medical issues that stay with us for longer."

The RSPCA Coventry and District branch has seen an 11 per cent increase in the intake of abandoned cats from 2019 to 2024. They say it is down to the rising cost of living, mandatory microchipping, increased vet fees, a lack of neutering, and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

'In crisis'

It is leading to the centre reaching breaking point with the manager saying:" We are here to support the public but as an independent charity to the national RSPCA, when we are out of space we struggle to do more. If we can raise funds and increase fosterers that will be two ways of helping this crisis."

The charity is appealing for help and donations can be made via its website here. Anyone who would like more information about fostering a cat should email fostering@rspca-coventryanddistrict.org.uk

Those who can support the charity by providing sponsorship and auction prizes for their upcoming gala ball is being urged to email Emma Davies at emma.davies@rspca-coventryanddistrict.org.uk

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