Eight newly born kittens found abandoned in a Slough cemetery are looking forward to living bright new lives thanks to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.
The kittens, all of which are different ages and from different litters were found by a member of public in June before they were taken to the Berkshire based centre.
Being found in such spooky circumstances have led Battersea staff to name the octet after famous goth writers; Edgar, Poe, Shelley, King, Bronte, Daphne and Dante.
All of the kittens were far too young to be away from their mothers, all eight have been hand reared by Battersea staff and volunteers, as well as having a full check over by the charity’s veterinary clinic.
While it’s impossible to say exactly how the kittens came to be in the cemetery in the first place, Battersea staff think it’s more likely that the kittens had been abandoned by their mothers.
This is something that is typical during warmer months and sees rescue centres, like Battersea, take in more pregnant cats and kittens, during ‘kitten season’.
Georgia Randall, Cattery Team Leader at Battersea Old Windsor said: “We definitely see more kittens appearing at our centres during the warmer months, but none have come in quite such mysterious circumstances than our seven cemetery kittens.
“Although we may have named them after gothic writers famous for their love of terror and the macabre, these kittens are anything but. They’re all extremely cute, and all such wonderful characters that they’d make an excellent addition to any home.”
“However, while these kittens may have been saved from the cemetery and are looking forward to brighter futures many rescue centres have felt the strain of kitten season. This is a problem that is easily preventable”, explains Georgia.
“Kittens are undoubtedly cute, but every year we see so many come into our centres who were found as strays, without a mother, or just brought in as their owners have no time for them. I’d urge all cat owners to ensure that their cats are neutered to prevent any unwanted litters.”
Most of the eight kittens have new families lined up for them, but Shelley and Dante are still on the lookout for a safe place to call home.
If you’re interested in rehoming a cat, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.