Cats dumped in a box by a bin in Hester's Way
DUMPED in a box by a bin.
It's difficult to imagine how anyone could abandon two cats so heartlessly, but that is what happened to a pair of fragile animals in Hester's Way.
And the callous treatment of these cats is a sad reflection of the rise in the number of animals being abandoned.
Cheltenham Animal Shelter took in the two cats on Monday morning after they were found by a bin in Princess Elizabeth Way.
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The same morning, a mother cat and her three kittens were taken to the shelter by a Cheltenham landlord after they were discovered abandoned in a flat by the previous tenants.
And on Saturday morning, three tiny kittens were found in a box outside the shelter in Gardner's Lane. They were terrified and in need of immediate medical attention.
Deb Barron, fundraising and PR manager for the shelter, said: "We've seen a sharp intake of cats over the last few days.
"The three cats who were dumped at the shelter on Saturday are two tortoiseshell females, short-haired, and one ginger male.
"They were discovered abandoned in a cardboard box by the entrance gates of the shelter.
"Staff were so concerned by their poor condition they rushed them straight to Dragon Veterinary Centre.
"All three cats were clearly distressed – not only by the traumatic experience, but by their horrific skin condition which had developed after severe untreated flea infestation.
"They were covered in sores and scabs which required steroid injections and antibiotics."
Shelter community fundraiser Reuben Croft said the kittens were being treated for their flea allergy and their condition was improving.
"They've not had the best start in life," he said. "They are sweet and outgoing and trusting, which is encouraging, considering what they've been put through."
The new additions have brought the total number of cats at the shelter to 35.
Each cat is now being looked after by shelter staff and receiving lots of love and attention as they make their way to a full recovery.
The spike in abandoned cats follows a huge jump in the number of dogs at the shelter, with a 50 per cent increase last week.
In just six days the centre had 11 stray hounds brought in by dog wardens from Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, the Cotswolds and Gloucester.
On an average week, the shelter takes in five dogs.
As a result, there were 63 dogs to fit into 60 kennels.
The charity needs your donations to continue caring for the cats and dogs under its roof.
You can donate food and other supplies via www.amazon.co.uk by searching for Cheltenham Animal Shelter's wish list.
Visit www.gawa.org.uk for information on the shelter.