Three kittens who had been stuffed into a bag, dumped in the Ashdown Forest and left for dead are recovering at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate.
A member of the public raised the alarm to staff at the charity’s National Cat Adoption Centre after finding one of the cats.
Staff from the charity immediately began to search the area and found the two remaining kittens.
All three – now named Piglet, Forest and Fidget - are now being cared for at the Centre and staff are carrying out daily checks in case there were more kittens dumped. Manager of the National Cat Adoption Centre, Danielle Draper, said the kittens would have faced certain death had they not been discovered.
She said: “These are domesticated kittens who would never have been able to fend for themselves, particularly during this cold snap. The bag they had been dumped in was filthy with faeces so we’re pretty sure they had been contained in it but had managed to wriggle free. Had they not, they may never have been discovered.
“It is very sad to think of these very friendly kittens being dumped in the middle of nowhere and just left for dead. They are very fortunate to have been spotted by walkers.
“If anyone finds themselves in a situation where they can no longer keep their cats we would urge them not to dump them but to get in contact with their local Cats Protection for advice on what to do.
“We have no idea how many were left out there so while we are continuing to check we would also appeal to anyone who spots any kittens on the Ashdown Forest to please get in contact with the National Cat Adoption Centre on: 01825 741330.”
The kittens are recovering well at the National Cat Adoption Centre and will be closely monitored for any signs of ill health before they are ready for rehoming.
If you would like to offer a home to any of the kittens please contact the National Cat Adoption Centre on 01825 741330.
From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. They now help around 235,000 cats and kittens every year through their network of over 260 volunteer-run branches, 29 adoption centres and their homing centre.