The RSPCA is reminding people about the importance of cat neutering after a spate of cat abandonments at the charity’s Coventry branch.
One of the cats abandoned at the Coundon Wedge Drive centre in recent weeks was particularly vulnerable as she was heavily pregnant, and another was dumped on a hot day.
Jade Mason, the branch’s cattery supervisor, said staff were concerned that people were abandoning animals at the branch. She said: “This puts the cats in a very vulnerable position and it is against the law.
“It is so important to make sure your cats are neutered because it will put an end to unwanted litters. Sadly we do see kittens being abandoned during ‘kitten season’ – this is the time of year when most kittens are born, so we do urge people to do the responsible thing and to get their cats neutered.”
One of the recent incidents occurred on 1 July when staff who arrived for work in the morning found an opened cardboard box outside the entrance. Jade said: “It was obvious that something had forced its way out as the box had been poorly sellotaped together.
“We weren’t sure of what was in the box until we checked the CCTV and saw a silhouette of a cat – who was dumped at 6am and escaped by 7am.
“We tried to find her but we had no joy, but a week later she was found by someone who saw her running around by the main road nearby and brought her into the centre. She was severely dehydrated, hungry and heavily pregnant.”
The cat was named Dora, after the cartoon character Dora the Explorer, and went into foster care, where she gave birth shortly after. Sadly, all of her kittens were stillborn.
“We strongly believe this was down to the stress of being dumped,” added Jade.
Three weeks later, on 21 July, a young male cat was abandoned outside the centre in a cat carrier on a day when temperatures reached 30c. He had no food and water and is thought to have been there for at least three hours. He is now in the care of the branch and has been named Sirius.
And on 24 July, a female cat – who has been named Mia – was dumped outside the gate in a sellotaped cardboard box which had “cat inside” written in large letters.
Jade said: “She had been shaved all over, apart from on her head and tail, was extremely frightened and riddled with live fleas. We looked at the CCTV to find that she had been dumped at 10pm the previous night and she wasn’t found until 8am the following morning.”
Anyone who has any information about who dumped the cats should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 1234 999.
If you are interested in rehoming Dora, Mia or Sirius, or any cat from the RSPCA’s Coventry branch, please call 024 7633 6616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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