a cardboard box with a heartbreaking note

The association Millbrook Animal Center (RSPCA) takes care of stray or abandoned dogs and cats on a daily basis with the aim of getting them back on their feet and then finding them a new home.

On the morning of September 2, 2022, when the volunteers arrived at the shelter to take up their post, they discovered a tightly closed box on the doorstep with a piece of paper taped to the top.

It was inscribed: “Please help them! They were born on August 24, 2022. God bless you”reported Liz WoodDeputy Director of RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centerat The Dodo.


Millbrook Animal Center (RSPCA), Chobham

Upon opening the box, they were terrified. Indeed, inside were 5 kittens aged 9 days huddled against each other in a warm fleece jacket.

No one could determine how long they had been waiting there to be picked up, however, their bellies were full of their mother’s milk. The latter, meanwhile, was at that time to mourn the absence of her offspring.

Illustration of the article: The volunteers of an association make a sad discovery when they arrive at the shelter: a cardboard box with a heartbreaking note
Millbrook Animal Center (RSPCA), Chobham

24 hour care

The cubs were not in mortal danger, however, their state of health was worrying. The kittens were indeed infected with parasites, which can quickly be dangerous at this young age.

“When we found the babies, we took them to the veterinary center for a check-up”has explained Liz.

The animal doctor has prescribed them an appropriate treatment aimed at gently ridding them of fleas and worms without weakening their organism.

Illustration of the article: The volunteers of an association make a sad discovery when they arrive at the shelter: a cardboard box with a heartbreaking note
Millbrook Animal Center (RSPCA), Chobham

Since then, the members of the shelter take turns night and day to feed them with a bottle.

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“They are very vulnerable having been taken away from their mother so young, so we will be watching them closely and doing our best to hand-raise them all.”told Liz.

For the time being, the 5 little ones are doing wonderfully and have integrated the feeding of infant milk for cats well. They are growing well and have opened their eyes.

They will soon be socialized with other cats from the shelter and then, once weaned, will be offered for adoption.

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