SHE was abandoned among a pile of jumble in Sheffield – and now is looking for a new home.
The six-week-old kitten was found inside a box left alongside a pile of donated bric-a-brac to be sold at the RSPCA’s charity shop in the city.
Shocked staff named her Jumble and are now appealing for someone to give her a new home.
Stella White, RSPCA Sheffield branch general manager, said: “We have desperately been seeking stock for our two new charity shops at Woodseats and Hillsborough and people have been wonderful at answering our appeal, but someone has taken advantage of it to abandon an adorable kitten.
“She was left as if she were a box of donated items at the same time someone else was bringing in legitimate boxes of stock.
“Luckily, we found her quickly, but the story could have been very different.”
Stella says unwanted animals being abandoned at the RSPCA’s centre in Stadium Way, Attercliffe, is one of the biggest problems the charity faces.
She said: “Recently, we arrived at the centre to find a lead and collar attached to our railings, next to a bowl of food and water, but unfortunately no dog.
“CCTV showed the dog had managed to get out of the collar in the night and had simply run away.
“Owners have a legal responsibility to seek help for their animal and if this means making a bit of an effort to find a good new home, or just waiting until someone can take the animal in, then this is what they must do.”
People found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal or failing to meet its welfare needs can face a maximum six- month prison sentence and a £20,000 fine.
Stella says the problem with abandoned animals is particularly bad at this time of year.
She said: “We would also like to remind people as we approach the Christmas season, not to adopt or buy an animal as a present.”
n If you can offer Jumble a good home, call 0114 289 8050.