As most pets enjoyed extra treats and fun games with their owners on Christmas Day last year, one tiny kitten was abandoned in the cold and left for dead.

Percy 1Poor little Percy (left) was just five-weeks-old when he was dumped in a recycling bag in Witham Street, Newport on Christmas Day.

A member of the public spotted the recycling bag on 25 December and, upon investigation, found the little black kitten on Boxing Day and contacted the RSPCA.

Rehoming coordinator at the in-store RSPCA Newport Adoption Centre based at Newport Pets At Home, Becky Thomson, said: “He was a scrawny little thing when he came to us but was so sweet-natured, despite what he’d been through.

“And, thankfully, he got a happy ending when he was rehomed with one of our adult cats who was staying with us at the same time.

“Their adopter couldn’t choose between the two and took both home!”

Eighteen-month-old Benji was also waiting for the purr-fect home and, after RSPCA staff checked that the duo got along, they both went off to their new home.

Becky added: “We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.

“Benji took Percy – now renamed Zorro – under his wing and they became like brothers from day one. Their new owners absolutely adore them and told us they are the most perfect cats they’d ever met!”

Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Percy who was dumped over Christmas. Poor Millie was abandoned in Newport on December 23.

She was left in a washing basket alongside a note reading: “Sorry, her name is Millie. Fed 5.30pm last night, cannot keep, been evicted.” Millie 1

“She was a nervy one and we had some trouble getting people to engage with her,” Becky said.

“But we’re so pleased she got her happy ending too! Her new owner thought she was brilliant and the two of them just clicked.

“He got in touch shortly after taking her home to let us know she was doing okay.”

To contact the RSPCA Newport Adoption Centre please visit or call 01633 263126. The centre is based at the Pets at Home at Mendalgief Retail Park.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to be able to rehome animals like Benji, Zorro and Millie. To assist our staff to carry out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).