Three one-month-old kittens are being cared for by Blue Cross pet charity after being found abandoned in an empty crisp box on a busy road in Hammersmith.
A passer-by on Shepherd’s Bush Road was shocked to find a box left in the street containing three tiny felines and took them to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith. The kittens, named McCoy, Dorito and Pringle – inspired by the snack box they were found in - were dangerously weak and suffering from anaemia as a result of being infested with fleas.
Tracey Parnell, Veterinary Nurse at the Blue Cross hospital in Hammersmith, said: “McCoy, Dorito and Pringle were really underweight, scared and cold when they were brought in to us. We treated them for fleas, warmed them up and fed them kitten milk using a syringe, which perked them up a bit.
Tracey added: “Kittens this young are so helpless, so it’s really lucky they found their way to us in time. We would ask anyone struggling to care for a pet to contact a charity like Blue Cross and never just leave them to fend for themselves.”
The kittens will continue to be monitored until they are well enough to be transferred to a Blue Cross rehoming centre and they will be ready to bag new homes in a few weeks’ time.
Blue Cross has already taken in over 1,000 unwanted and abandoned kittens so far this year at its rehoming centres and is urging owners to ensure their pets are neutered to prevent unwanted litters.
To find out more about getting your pet neutered or to offer a home to Dorito, Pringle and McCoy or one of the many other cats and kittens in need of homes, visit www.bluecross.org.uk.