Cats dumped in crisps box need new home
TWO kittens have been abandoned in a Walkers crisps box outside a vet's surgery.
A black cat and her six-week-old kitten were abandoned outside a vets in Goole at the weekend.
The pair, now named Salt and Vinegar, were shivering and frightened when they were taken in and handed over to the RSPCA.
They were inside a box with a note attached saying: "Please help me, I need a home RSPCA."
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However, charity workers are concerned they may not be able to rehome the animals as people often avoid taking in black cats.
Goole and District RSPCA branch secretary and volunteer Debbie Gibson said: "The black cats and the black and white cats are always the last to be rehomed.
"I don't know if it is superstition or if people think they are too common."
The pair were found outside Vermuyden Veterinary Practice in Goole at 10.45am on Saturday.
Owen Davies, who found them, said: "The kitten was absolutely fine, he was curled up with his mum.
"The mother was a bit worried and apprehensive but she is used to being handled.
"I examined her and I think she's probably been nursing a litter of kittens.
"Maybe someone managed to sell or rehome the rest and this little chap was left because he was black and that isn't a desirable colour.
"The mother was very skinny."
The mum, Salt, and the kitten, Vinegar, are now being looked after by RSPCA foster volunteer Wendy Burndred.
She is nursing them back to health until they are ready to be rehomed.
Ms Gibson said: "The mum is very thin and about 18 months old. We don't recommend they get pregnant that young, but it does happen.
"The kitten was very scared and the mum was very quiet.
"It is a bit worrying that he other kittens in the litter weren't with them. They are a little young to be leaving their mum."
Ms Gibson said the charity has received an overwhelming amount of kittens being looked after by foster families in the area.
The charity's branch currently has 24 kittens and three mum cats, all in desperate need of homes.
Ms Gibson said: "We are inundated with cats.
"My heart goes out to Salt and Vinegar. They were cramped in a little box with no idea what was going on.
"I hope, when they're ready to be adopted, they will find a home quite quickly."
To inquire about adopting a cat or kitten, call the branch on 07599 087527.