Abandoned kittens found in Streatham
Two tiny kittens, Frankie and Weenie, were found dumped in a plastic box in Streatham on Wednesday.
A man noticed the kittens while walking past on Mitcham Lane and took them to the Blue Cross Merton animal hospital.
The find comes as the pet charity Blue Cross warns that the number of unwanted kittens is on the rise nationwide.
A Blue Cross spokesman said the kittens found in Streatham were just one example of the crisis.
He said: “They’re so cute and were terrified when they were discovered in Streatham by a kind gentleman who brought them into our Merton hospital.
“They’ve been named Frank and Weenie after the movie Frankenweenie which is out at the moment!”
The number of kittens at Blue Cross centres nationwide have increased to 177 between January and June, up from 104 during the same period in 2011.
Caroline Reay, Chief Veterinary Surgeon at Blue Cross, said: “We’re seeing pets increasingly being treated like disposable items – abandoned outside our hospitals and centres and dumped like rubbish.
“The problem is there are simply too many animals for too few good homes. Supply is greater than demand.”
The charity is calling on owners to help reverse the trend by supporting its neutering campaign that launched on Friday.
For more information visit www.bluecross.org.uk/neuter