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Monday, December 23, 2013
A tiny kitten dumped in a sealed shoebox is now getting lots of love in the arms of his new family in a north Suffolk town.
The tiny cat was put inside a shoebox and dumped outside the RSPCA charity shop in Great Yarmouth earlier this month. He only survived because the shop manager happened to look through the bags of donations before starting work.
And now there is a happy ending for Donny who has been rehomed by a family in Beccles just in time for Christmas.
Mum-of-two Gemma Greenwood was looking to adopt a cat through the animal charity when she came across Donny on the RSPCA East Norfolk website.
Gemma, 30, said: “I read his story and it broke my heart. I called the charity to find out more and they put me in touch with his foster carer, Karen.
“Three days later we were able to bring him home.”
Donny – who was named by RSPCA inspectors because he was found among the charity shop donations – was dumped on December 6. The shoebox had been sealed shut with masking tape, punctured with a few holes and then put inside a Marks and Spencer bag.
Apart from fleas, he was healthy, which meant he could be rehomed quickly.
Gemma, who lives in St David’s Close, Beccles, with partner Gareth, and their children Harry, seven, and Gracie, four, said: “I couldn’t believe someone could do that. We just fell in love with him.
“He’s settled in straight away. He comes and wakes us up in the morning.
“The kids are four and seven and I’m a childminder so he certainly gets lots of loving. Gracie wraps him up in a blanket and lays him down in his bed.
“He is a bit cheeky and he’s a bit of a climber. I have a feeling that when he’s older and allowed to go out he going to be the kind of cat that wants to climb the biggest tree.”
RSPCA East Norfolk has been struggling to cope with the number of cats in care this year.
Reminding people that abandoning animals is a criminal offence, Debra Cook, branch manager for RSPCA East Norfolk, said people have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of their pets.
“Also, there has been a massive increase in people letting out nine to 12-week old kittens,” added Debra.
“These kittens should be kept indoors until they are neutered at the very least, which can be done at 16 weeks at most vets.
“Ideally the cat should be kept indoors until they are around five to six months of age.
“It’s causing problems because when they are young they are in danger of being attacked by another cat, run over, or picked up and taken home by someone. They are too small to defend themselves and are vulnerable.”
To help rehome a cat, visit www.rspcaeastnorfolk.co.uk.