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Kittens safe after being abandoned on Christmas Eve

24 December 2018
Kittens safe after being abandoned on Christmas Eve Christine Cutts our branch Co-ordinator was shocked when she discovered the kittens outside her home, in Malvern Rise, Lowestoft, just one day before Christmas. The kittens, which have since been named Holly and Ivy, were left in a small dog cage – with only a plastic bag over the roof to protect them from the elements. Mrs Cutts, who is branch coordinator for Cats Protection Anglia Coastal, explained being left in such a way is not acceptable. She said: “It is better for them to be abandoned at a place like this than just dumped out anywhere – unfortunately it’s not very nice for the cats. “I don’t know how long they had been there. I know they weren’t there last night. “It’s not very nice, the way they were abandoned – they were terrified when I found them. “It would have been better if they covered the cage completely.” The 61-year-old has been fostering cats for 18 years and said it was the first time she had seen pets abandoned on Christmas Eve. However, the Branch Coordinator is hopeful the pair will soon find a loving home. Mrs Cutts said: “Usually when we have a story like this a lot of people come forward and offer. “They are lovely little cats, very loving. They have been in a family environment. “They will be with me over the Christmas period and they will be in a safe and warm area. “Then back to the vets in the New Year for full medical, neutering, flea and worm.” Charmaine Woods, of Cats Protection Admissions, added: “There are lots of reasons cats come into our care, such as their owners have died, others where the owners cannot afford to care for them any longer or are terminally/mentally ill and they were left with no-one else to take them in. Others where the owners cannot afford to care for them any longer or the cat is stressed about changes in the owner’s household. Then we have domestic strays found outside after being abandoned which are a priority, cats from feral colonies that also need help! All of these cats that come into our care need varying degrees of vet care- we routinely neuter, vaccinate and microchip all- the majority need blood tests to check for infectious virus' such as FIV or FeLV and to check liver, kidneys or thyroid..” “We are only able to do all this work thanks to our volunteers who give their time so generosity and of course all our generous supporters.”