Friday 8 November 2013
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young cat was found inside a cardboard box that had been taped shut.
The one-year-old tortoiseshell and white coloured cat, who has since been named Helena, was found at 6pm on Friday 1 November in a corner of Moor Park not far from Waldeck Road in Luton.
She had been left in a plain brown cardboard box that had been taped shut. There were no air holes in the box. Helena is in good condition and, because it was a wet night when she was found and the box was still quite dry, it is thought that she hadn’t been there for very long.
RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law said: “It is lucky that this cat was found as she could have ended up being stuck in this box for hours on a rainy night. Whoever left her didn’t even leave air holes in the box for her to breathe and I dread to think what would have happened if the kind passer-hadn’t found her.
“Helena is healthy and if the owner isn’t found we will look for a new home for her.”
Helena was taken to the RSPCA Bedfordshire South Branch. The branch is an independent charity and is currently caring for more than 30 cats, including one with three legs and another with part of his tail missing.
Alison Atkins, Beds South branch manager said: “We’re really struggling to rehome cats at the moment and our foster homes and catteries are all full.
“We have 15 black cats, which always seem to find it difficult to attract new owners, despite being lovely animals. We had hoped Halloween might have sparked some interest in our black cats, but it seems that these 15 felines just have all the bad luck when it comes to finding a new home.”
Although Helena isn’t ready for a new home yet, anyone interested in rehoming another cat from the Beds South branch can call 07510 390872.
Anyone with information about who abandoned the cat should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.