SPCA shocked by dumped box kittens
Opening boxes of gifts at Christmas is a joy but that wasn’t so when the South Waikato SPCA opened one outside its shelter.
The cardboard box was filled with nine cat flu and flea riddled kittens and a thin mother who had been dumped in the pouring rain and obscured in long grass.
Centre manager Nadine Steele said due to the weather it was one of the worst cases she had come across. Ultimately some didn’t make it.
‘‘Two kittens were spotted by a volunteer’s parent so we went out and had a good look around,’’ she said.
‘‘They ranged in age from new born to five weeks old and they were not visible, they were hidden in the long grass, so it was not a case of here is a box of cats at your front gate. Due to the age differences I suspect there were originally more mother cats too but only the one stuck around to take care of them all.’’
‘‘It was a conscious decision for someone to leave them there during the crappiest day we’d had in weeks and the most horrendous part was just how cold and wet they were, they were soaked to the skin and absolutely frozen,’’ she said.
Steele said the SPCA took them in to try and save them.
‘‘Usually when you put a hair dryer on a cat they don’t love it but these guys were just all about get me dry, get me warm,’’ she said.
She said there was no need for the kittens to have been dumped.
‘‘At any point this person could have rung and said hey I don’t know what to do and we would have been happy to give information and share our knowledge so they could have managed,’’ she said.
‘‘I can’t even guarantee all the kittens were there and perhaps some of the other mothers have gone off and are repopulating. This is how cats become feral which then creates an ongoing issue for the community.’’
She said the SPCA can not always take in unwanted cats but it does offer other options.
‘‘If we have room to take them we do but we ask for a surrender fee and if you can’t afford that we ask for a couple of tins of food so people are taking some sort of responsibility,’’ she said.
‘‘We can also offer food to help people foster in their own homes.’’
Steele pleaded with owners to get their cats desexed to prevent further cases from happening.
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