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By Connie Osborne Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 09:27
A RECENTLY pregnant cat, which was dumped in the cold and pouring rain outside a Hopwood cat sanctuary, is one of an increasing number being abandoned.
Tabby cat Missy Miracle was found early one morning before Christmas by Cramar Cat Rescue's warden Kim Grace, after she was left in a cardboard box by the sanctuary's gates.
The feline, which is thought to be about a year old, had escaped from the box but was waiting by the back door to the rescue centre when supervisor Rachel Clements arrived for work.
The sanctuary's chair trustee Carole Lowe said: "At first Kim thought Missy had gone into the nearby fields but then they found her sitting and waiting by the rescue door, probably wanting something to eat.
"She was cold and wet, and after being checked over we realised she'd recently had kittens, although she is not much older than a kitten herself."
She said she feared her owner no longer wanted her because she had a litter, something which she claims is becoming more and more common.
"The warden dreads looking out of the window everyday because of the number of cats being dumped. Sadly this is something that happens too often because owners are failing to neuter their cats, so more and more cats are being abandoned because they have unwanted kittens. It's a vicious cycle."
It costs around £40 for a cat to be neutered and organisations such as Cats Protection can help those struggling financially to pay for it.
Missy is one of around 60 cats and kittens the sanctuary currently cares for and all are looking for new homes.
She added: "She is such a lovely and sweet cat and we just want her to find the kind and loving home she deserves. I know someone will love her and if they didn't want her, there are so many beautiful cats here to chose from."
To give Missy or any other cat a home call 0121 445 1840 or visit the centre at Redditch Road, Hopwood, B48 7TW, between 11 am and 12pm everyday. Or visit www.cramarcats.org.uk to help the charity.
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