A group of 'Olympic' kittens left to die after being abandoned by a roadside in a cardboard box in the pouring rain have been given a golden opportunity for a new life.
Nine cats were dumped in August in a lay-by in the village of Ulley, near Rotherham, and have been nursed back to health by Sheffield Cat Shelter.
Staff named the kittens after some of Team GB’s most successful Olympians – including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray, Tom Daley, Mo Farah, Maddie Hinch and Hollie Webb - and now six of them have been found new homes.
The Mo Farah and Maddie Hinch kittens will be living together in their new home, with Hollie Webb and Jessica Ennis also adopted together.
The remaining three kittens - Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Bradley Wiggins - are still with a foster carer until they are big enough to be adopted in a few weeks.
The cats were originally found by a member of the public who saw a yellow box being left in a lay-by and contacted local rescue charity Friends of Ferals, who passed the flea-infected kittens on to Sheffield Cat Shelter to be brought back to good health.
Charity manager Josie Walker said: "After some ups and downs, illnesses and various vets visits the Olympic kittens are now all healthy, neutered and vaccinated.
"All six of the Olympic kittens ready for rehoming found new homes.
"They have done very well, despite some illnesses on their journey, and are all now in their new homes.
"It is a great end to the story, and hopefully the three smallest will be ready to go to their new homes soon too.
"It unfortunately doesn't stop here though as last week alone, along with other cats coming in, we had three kittens left on our doorstep in the cold, and a mum and kitten taped up in a box too.
"We would like to thank the public for the amazing donations we have received.
"We had mountains of kitten food delivered from our Amazon Wishlist, along with people dropping donations in and sending us cheques.
"Without the support of the public in this way we wouldn't be able to continue to rescue and rehome cats and kittens in need, as on average it costs us £375 to care for each cat from admission to adoption."