Golden new opportunity for 'Olympic' kittens abandoned in cardboard box and left to die

Mo Farah and Maddie Hinch ready for their new home

Mo Farah and Maddie Hinch ready for their new home

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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.

Jessica Ennis and Hollie Webb with their new owners

Jessica Ennis and Hollie Webb with their new owners

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.

Tom Daley with the Hensman family

Tom Daley with the Hensman family

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.

One of the rescued cats ready for its new home

One of the rescued cats ready for its new home

"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."

The box that the cats were dumped in

The box that the cats were dumped in

The abandoned kittens in the cardboard box

The abandoned kittens in the cardboard box

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