Starving weeks old kitten weighing just 500g – the same as small bag of sugar - found alone in hedge

Dale the kitten resting

A weeks old kitten weighing just 500g - the same as a small bag of sugar - found alone in a hedgerow in Cambridgeshire is now in the care of Blue Cross.

The kitten, who has been named Dale by the team at the pet charity’s rehoming centre on Garlic Row in Cambridge, was just five weeks old when he was brought into the centre.

The tiny youngster was found by a dog walker who had spotted Dale a few times while out walking and on realising he was all alone, brought him into our care.

Sarah Bates, Centre Manager at Blue Cross Cambridge, said: “Poor Dale must have been terrified, all alone without his mother to care for him.

“His finder said they had been aware of him for a few days on their walks and had seen many dogs chase poor Dale but he had got away and they were unable to capture him.

“When Dale arrived with us he was very underweight with his spine easily felt. His nose was all dirty and he had yellow stained paws.

Dale the kitten with food on his nose

“He was very shy, not eating or moving to start so we kept a very close eye on him and moved him into one of our foster homes.

“I’m happy to say Dale has really blossomed and is making progress every day. He’s now eating really well and learning how to play, rather than having to worry about where his next meal will come from.”

Dale will be cared for by Blue Cross until he is ready to go up for rehoming with the charity.

Sarah added: “He’s such a cutie, the whole team has fallen in love with him. I don’t think it will take us long to find him a loving forever home.”

As a charity Blue Cross receives no Government funding and is totally reliant on the generosity of our supporters to keep helping pets in need like Dale. To make a donation, find out more about our work or to see the animals who are currently looking for new homes visit


Notes to Editors

  • Blue Cross is a national charity that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets for over 120 years. We help thousands of pets in need every month by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving homes. We also offer education for current and future pet owners plus pet bereavement support for those who have lost their pet companion. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend entirely on us, with your support we can give back to more pets in need. Pets change lives. We change theirs. 
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