TWO kittens found dumped at the gates of an animal centre in a taped-up cardboard box are looking for new homes.
The kittens were discovered only because RSPCA animal centre manager, Richard Woodwards, was still on site giving a tour to visitors.
Normally the Chesterfield centre would have been closed - and the kittens would have been left outside in the cold all night and may have died, Richard said.
The kittens, both females, are around eight months old. The black one has been named Ellie while the tabby has been called Maria.
Both are doing well and are now available for rehoming.
Richard said: “There was a really cold spell that night and had I not been on site and found them they could have died from exposure.
“Abandoning an animal is always irresponsible, but if someone really cannot cope they should seek help, not sink to desperate measures. These two kittens are very sweet and we now hope we will be able to find them new homes.”