AN ABANDONED cat who was cruelly dumped outside a Wigan veterinary surgery is running out of time to find a new home for Christmas.
Two-year-old tabby Holly and four of her offspring were left in a cardboard box outside Anrich Veternary Surgery, in Hindley, in the early hours.
Although the kittens have found new owners, Holly, the domestic short-haired cat, is still looking for a loving home.
Staff at Anrich veterinary practice, in Caroline Street, Wigan, are now appealing for pet lovers to come forward in time for the festive period.
Trainee veterinary nurse Katie Warburton said: “Holly has been with us for a couple of months and she really needs a home before Christmas.
“She requires an owner who is very affectionate and she doesn’t get on well with other cats. Holly will be a lovely pet for anyone who can give her lots of time.”
Anrich staff were left shocked when Holly and her litter were abandoned by their heartless owner outside the surgery in November.
Following the incident, Richard Weston, veterinary surgeon and owner of Anrich Veterinary Hospital, said: “We haven’t seen this type of incident for a long time. I’d arrived to open the surgery and spotted the box in the car park. They could have been there for any length of time. One of the kittens had an eye infection and the mother was underweight.
“They have all been given flee and worm treatment and they’ll be looked after at the surgery until they are six weeks old and are old enough to be rehomed.
“It looks as though the cat’s mother has previously had a litter and the owner felt unable to afford care for the new kittens. Some owners can’t see an end to repetitive pregnancies. All the cats have been vaccinated and chipped and they’ll now need loving homes to look after them.”
Holly was underweight when she was found but she is now in good health.
Anrich is offering a pay monthly health care plan in an effort to combat increasing numbers of abandoned pets whose owners feel they can’t afford to look after them.
Mr Weston added: “It’s important that people are aware that in these troubled financial times the surgery can offer support. In the last six or seven months, we have noticed a drop in footfall into the surgery for medical boosters.
“We’re now allowing pet owners to pay monthly for their vaccinations and treatment.”
To offer to rehome Holly the cat, ring 0871 223 2040.