FOUR sets of kittens are recovering at a rescue centre after they were found dumped at the weekend.
The kittens were left in cardboard boxes, thrown from a car and in one case found dodging city centre traffic.
Sheila Stewart of Capricorn Animal Rescue, Padeswood, where the kittens are now being cared for said the problem was depressingly familiar.
“We can guarantee at least one a day coming in,” she said. “The weekend was unusual because we had five at once.”
Of the five rescued last weekend, one kitten was thrown from a car in Llay, and another was found in a cardboard box in a layby in Broughton.
Two ginger and white kittens were also brought in after being found in a cardboard box in Bollington as well as a tabby kitten found dodging the traffic in Chester.
“We had them coming from all directions,” said Mrs Stewart.
All the kittens were undersized for their age, she said, and one had been in a “grubby” condition.
But they were healthy and the centre will soon be looking for homes for them as soon as they were vaccinated which would happen when they reached nine weeks old and a kilo in weight.
Capricorn is now caring for 24 kittens, six of them in foster homes.
Seven are ready for adoption.
Mrs Stewart said anyone who had an unwanted cat or kitten only had to take it along to the centre.
“All people have to say is we’ve got a kitten – can you take it?
“But for some reason, they won’t,” she said. “They’d rather dump it. They seem to think it’s not their fault if it’s not found. It’s someone else’s fault for not rescuing it.
“There’s no excuse for abandoning baby animals,” she added. “People don’t know the absolute terror the animals feel. They’re just babies and they don’t know what’s happening to them. It’s traumatic.”
Mrs Stewart said the everyday occurrence had been happening for as long as she could remember but had got worse over the past couple of years.
“I think people have a litter of kittens and when some don’t get homes and they grow out of being so cute, they get fed up of them,” she said. “So they get rid of them.”