Paws before giving pets as presents

Kirsty Lee-Gospel with Ivy an abandoned cat at the RSPCA, Halifax.
Kirsty Lee-Gospel with Ivy an abandoned cat at the RSPCA, Halifax.

Two adorable cats were cruelly dumped on the doorstep of the RSPCA’s branch in Halifax just before Christmas.

The brother and sister, aptly named Ivy and Noel, were abandoned in an open top box and had jumped into nearby bushes before being discovered by a member of staff late at night.

Trustee Kath Airey said: “They were very lucky in the fact that a member of staff was there and found them.

“I believe staff have looked at CCTV and saw people put the open top box down, but we can only take a guess at what has happened.”

It’s thought the cats may have been part of a summer litter and the owners wanted to get rid of them before Christmas.

Despite their ordeal, Noel is ready to be welcomed into a new, loving, home and Ivy is being fostered by a staff member.

Kath added: “Be responsible and don’t buy pets on a whim. Go to a rescue centre, we can give you advice about what would suit your family.

“You have to think about all the different factors.”

The RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Animal Centre is based at Wade Street, Halifax town centre.