A cat found shut in a carrier on a residential street in Wisbech has been taken in by a cat charity.
The black-and-white male cat, who is thought to be around a year old, is now in the care of Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre after being found in a pink and white cat carrier in Grosvenor Road.
The unwanted cat, who has since been named Badger, was in the closed carrier with a sheet of material and a small dish of food. A note on the side of the carrier read ‘free to anyone’.
A cat-loving member of the public from Watlington was called to assist after a friend spotted the affectionate young feline while driving down Grosvenor Road.
Badger had his head partially out of the carrier when the duo arrived to collect him, after which they called the feline welfare charity for advice.
Unaware of how long Badger had been trapped before they found him, and concerned by the smell from the carrier, the friends allowed him to safely stretch his legs before stocking up on cat supplies and taking the abandoned cat home where he was given his own space in a spare bedroom.
The loving, affectionate cat, who happily purred throughout his overnight stay, was taken to Downham Market Adoption Centre the following morning.
Lindsay Tempest, Cats Protection’s Norfolk Dual Adoption Centres manager, said: “We understand that there can be many reasons for not being able to keep a cat, but leaving them to fend for themselves or trapped with no hope of escape, food or water is never the answer.
“Luckily Badger is well, but it could have been a very different situation. We will be looking to re-home him in a few weeks when he has been microchipped and neutered.”
Anyone wishing to enquire about Badger, or any of the other cats in Downham Market Adoption Centre’s care, should visit http://downhammarket.cats.org.uk/ or call 01366 382 311.