We’re appealing for information after a cat was tied up in a duvet cover which was put inside a Lidl shopping bag and abandoned at one of our charity shops.
The young tabby cat was found by chance at the RSPCA shop on Blackstock Road in Central London on the morning of Friday, 11 July.
Abandoned in a pile of donations
The cat is thought to be around a year old and has been named Stuart Lidl by staff who spotted him abandoned in a pile of donations handed into the charity shop.
Hayley Plows from our Central and North East London Branch, said:
“It gave us a complete shock to find this little fellow hidden amongst the donations.
“It might be that the people who abandoned poor little Stuart may have thought they were giving him to the RSPCA, but all kinds of harm could have come to him. He was completely trapped in the duvet cover which was tightly tied up.
”Fortunately we spotted him moving inside just in time, before heavy objects were put on top of him. Some cats freeze in fear and would not have been so noticeable so he had quite a lucky escape.
“I don’t know how they could think it was acceptable to just dump him like unwanted cast-off clothes.”
Can you help?
Anyone with any information about how this cat came to be abandoned in this way, or who the cat belonged to should call us on 0300 123 8018.
Tackling the cat crisis
The cat population in the UK has reached crisis point.
The numbers of cats coming into our care increased by eight percent between 2010-12. In the same period, the number of new homes that took in cats declined by 10 percent.
Stuart Lidl is just one of many cats in our care now in desperate need of a permanent loving home. Cats rehomed by us are microchipped and, where possible, neutered.
Find out how we’re tackling the cat crisis.