RSPCA appeals for information after kitten abandoned in freezing cold

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a six-month old kitten was found abandoned in a cat carrier in Harrow on a freezing cold afternoon.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA for help after they spotted the cat’s plight and an Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) attended on Sunday, 3 January in Graham Road, Harrow, London to collect the cat.

Animal Rescue Office, Philip Heyes who attended said: “This young cat was left on a street corner in a plastic carrier with no blanket on a freezing afternoon. He was shivering constantly and had no food or water left with him. Thankfully, he was spotted when he was and I was able to collect him and take him to RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital in London.

“We understand that people’s circumstances change which means they can no longer care for their pet but dumping them like rubbish is never the answer. We’re all going through a difficult time at the moment and people’s finances may have been affected by the pandemic, but we urge anyone who is struggling to cope with their pets to please reach out for help from friends, family or charities like ourselves.”

The six-month old ginger tabby kitten has been called Stripes by the staff at the hospital. He wasn’t microchipped and is a healthy kitten, so after a check-up, he has been transferred to an RSPCA branch for rehoming.

The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information on how this cat came to be abandoned to get in touch, or anyone who witnessed the incident in Graham Road, Harrow before 3.30pm to call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.