A KITTEN found dodging traffic in Chester and one dumped in a lay-by in Broughton have been taken in by a rescue centre.
Sheila Stewart of Capricorn Animal Rescue, where the kittens are now being cared for, said the problem was depressingly familiar.
“We can guarantee at least one a day coming in,” she said, adding that last weekend was unusual as five came in together.
Of the new arrivals, a tabby kitten was found weaving between traffic in Chester city centre and another was found in a cardboard box in a lay-by in Broughton.
One kitten was thrown from a car in Llay and two ginger and white kittens were also brought in after being found in a cardboard box in Bollington.
“We had them coming from all directions,” said Sheila.
All the kittens were undersized for their age, she said, and one had been in a “grubby” condition.
But they were healthy and the centre would soon be looking for homes for them as soon as they were vaccinated which would happen when they reached nine weeks and a kilo in weight.
Capricorn is now caring for 24 kittens, six of them in foster homes. Seven are ready for adoption.
Sheila said anyone who had an unwanted cat or kitten only had to take it along to the centre in Padeswood.
She said: “All people have to say is we’ve got a kitten - can you take it?
“But for some reason, they won’t. They’d rather dump it. They seem to think it’s not their fault if it’s not found. It’s someone else’s fault for not rescuing it.
“There’s no excuse for abandoning baby animals,” she added. “People don’t know the absolute terror the animals feel. They’re just babies and they don’t know what’s happening to them. It’s traumatic.”
Sheila said the “everyday occurrence” had happened for as long as she could remember but had got worse over the past couple of years.
“I think people have a litter of kittens and when some don’t get homes and they grow out of being so cute, they get fed up of them,” she said. “So they get rid of them.”