Sheffield RSPCA worker rescues cute kitten found dumped in bin liner

A Sheffield RSPCA worker tasked with helping to rehome a group of cute kittens found dumped in a bin bag has given one of the adorable animals a new home for Christmas.

Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 3:07 pm

The three kittens were dumped like rubbish in a Birmingham park – and all have now been found forever homes by the RSPCA.

And Sheffield’s Cheryl Hague literally ended up taking her work home with her – when the RSPCA press officer ended up adopting one of the trio.

The three were found when a woman noticed a bin liner appeared to move as she walked past.

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Cheryl and Zoe with Arthur the kitten.

She went to explore and found the three-month-old kittens and reported the matter to the RSPCA which took them to its Birmingham Animal Centre.

As part of the investigation, Cheryl wrote a media appeal to try to find the person responsible and while doing so fell in love with one of the kittens.

Her daughter Zoe, 13, was desperate to have a kitten as a pet and so the family adopted the ginger and white male who they have called Arthur.

His ginger markings reminded them of the character Arthur Shelby from their favourite television show Peaky Blinders, which was based in Birmingham, so they named their pet after him.

Arthur with Cheryl's dog Bruno.

Meanwhile both Arthur’s siblings have been rehomed by couple Matt Kelly, 38, and Jessica Quansah, 40, who live in Sandwell.

Their black female kitten has been named Uhura and the black and white brother Lacutus after characters in Star Trek as Matt is a big fan.

Cheryl, who lives in Sheffield, said: “Zoe had been keen to adopt a kitten after feeding some stray cats on holiday in Greece.

“Weeks later I was writing a press appeal about the three kittens which had been abandoned and I just thought ‘how can anyone do this to some helpless animals’.

Uhura and Lacutus have been named after characters in Star Trek.

“As Zoe was so keen to adopt a pet I thought it would be great to give one of these kittens a loving home and I must admit Arthur looked so cheeky with his big eyes - I thought he would be perfect.

“Both my daughters Zoe and Lauren, 16, were keen on the idea along with my husband Steve.

“So we made enquiries and when we found out from RSPCA staff in Birmingham that he had a loveable nature we couldn’t resist.

“Arthur is very affectionate and likes to be cradled like a baby but he also has a very playful streak and likes nothing more than climbing the Christmas tree and playing with the baubles.

Cheryl with Arthur in his new home.

“I was worried how my rescue dog Bruno would feel about sharing his home with another pet - especially a cat - but they get along fine and sometimes curl up together on a blanket.”

Uhura and Lacutus have also settled well into their new home with their new owners and are enjoying each other's company.

Matt said: “They are really sweet-natured and affectionate kittens who like exploring and are definitely fun-loving. They get on really well together too and will happily cuddle up to each other to sleep.”

Anyone with information about who may have dumped the kittens should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

Arthur has quickly made himself at home.