A kitten named Donna is in safe hands at Blue Cross pet charity after she was found abandoned outside a kebab shop in Wimbledon, South West London on Monday.
The terrified little black cat was discovered inside a taped up shoebox, without any bedding, food or water, by a member of the public at 2am yesterday morning in freezing conditions.
Just seven-weeks-old, Donna was taken to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton by the people who rescued her.
Emmeline Macedo, Vet Nurse at Blue Cross in Merton, says: “Donna is lucky she was found when she was, otherwise she might not have survived the night in those temperatures. Apart from a few fleas and a bit of an upset tummy, she’s in good condition and is very sweet – she loves cuddles and falling asleep in our arms. We think she’s only seven-weeks-old, too young to be away from her mum, so we will need to care for her until she’s old enough to find a home.”
Blue Cross, which cares for 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets every year, encourages people to contact a responsible animal charity if they can no longer care for their pet. Emmeline continues: “We understand that people can’t always keep their pets, but if you’re struggling to cope, please contact a charity for help or advice. Abandoning pets can put them in serious danger. Neutering your pet is also really important to prevent the birth of more unwanted litters.”
Donna will soon go to a Blue Cross rehoming centre where she will be fostered by a Blue Cross volunteer until she is old enough to find a loving new home.
To find out more about Blue Cross and how you can help kittens like Donna, visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
Notes to Editors
The Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1999. It undertakes around 12,000 veterinary consultations each year. The “hub” design, encourages ease of movement of animals between its four consultation rooms, the operating theatre, X-ray, and kennels.
Blue Cross veterinary hospitals and clinics across the UK provide treatment and care for the pets of owners who cannot afford private vets’ fees and undertakes thousands of consultations every year.
Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
For more information, please visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
Lisa Graham, Media Officer: 0207 932 4063 / [email protected]