New homes are being sought for nine kittens which were abandoned in a cat carrier in Kidderminster.
The kittens were found by a school teacher who was on her way to work on the morning of Thursday 14 July, at the side of Dunley Road, in Stourport-on-Severn.
They have now been taken into the care of the RSPCA’s Kidderminster and District branch, where they have been given sporty names in recognition of sporting heroes.
The four females have been named Olympia, Lizzie (Armitstead), Jessica (Ennis-Hill) and Ellie (Simmonds), and the five male kittens have been called Goldie, Mo (Farrah), Bradley (Wiggins), Tom (Daley) and Louis (Smith).
Janis Borley, rehoming officer at the branch, said: “The kittens were huddled together in a pink cat carrier, very scared and weak. We don’t know how long they were there for but we’re glad that they were found when they were as they are so young and vulnerable – anything could have happened to them.
“Their sporty names seem very apt as they are all very lively and active – there is definitely something very athletic about them!
“We are desperately looking for new homes for them. Anyone who is interested in rehoming one of the kittens can contact me on 07715 201239 between 6pm and 8pm.”
Every year the RSPCA and other animal welfare charities see a spike in kittens being abandoned in the spring/summer months after unplanned pregnancies result in unwanted litters.
Janis said: “At the branch we run a neutering and microchipping scheme for just £10. Neutering is a very simple operation which can prevent unwanted litters from being born. If your cat hasn’t been neutered then please contact us for a voucher.”
Anyone who has any information on who dumped the kittens should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
RSPCA cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Sadly we do see kittens being abandoned during ‘kitten season’ – this is the time of year when most kittens are born.
“We strongly believe the answer lies in loving cat owners neutering their cats before they can get pregnant, so avoiding unplanned pregnancies. We urge people to do the responsible thing as soon as possible.
“At about four months of age, female cats will start to attract the unwanted attention of males so it is important to get your cat spayed before this point to protect her from getting pregnant while she’s still a kitten herself. Subsidies are often available to help with the cost.”
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