Unwanted and abandoned cats dumped in cardboard boxes outside Mayhew

Before lockdown two cats were rescued by Mayhew when they were abandoned on the street during Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis earlier this year.

The two cats were abandoned on the street inside two old crisp boxes with nothing but the flimsy cardboard walls to protect them from the elements.

Three-year old Wotsit and his sister Pringles, also three were discovered outside London based animal charity, Mayhew, each taped up in a small cardboard box.

Luckily for the siblings, Mayhew’s animal welfare officers spotted the abandoned boxes as soon as they arrived at work and brought them straight inside.

Zoe Edwards, Head of Animal Welfare at Mayhew, carefully cut through the tape on each box and freed both cats before doing a full health assessment on each of them.

A spokesperson for Mayhew said: “Thankfully, apart from being a bit hot and bothered, neither Wotsit nor Pringles showed any signs of being hurt or injured – and so we settled them down in a warm and cosy cabin in our Cattery to help them recover from their ordeal.

“They are just two of the animals to have been abandoned near our shelters so far this year alone, and as none of them were microchipped, we have no way of knowing where they originally came from or why they were given up.”

Both cats were rehomed shortly after they were rescued at Mayhew and are now enjoying their lives with two new owners.

Since then, Mayhew have had to wind down a large majority of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic – but the animal welfare team are still out on the front-line rescuing animals and saving their lives every day.

To find out more about Mayhew’s work, visit www.themayhew.org