THESE three cute kittens are on their way to making a full recovery after being discovered dumped with the rubbish in a Bridlington skip.
Newly-named Scooby, Scrappy and Star have been fostered by Andrea Cockerill and the Bridlington Lost and Found Animals group, after they were rescued from the bin in nearby Saxton, by a kind-hearted skip worker.
They’ve been treated for irritated eyes and will be hand-reared until they are nine weeks old and eligible for adoption.
Emma Newlove, a member of the rescue group, said: “People don’t want the responsibility of looking after them. If they can’t afford it then they should ring the RSPCA to ask for help. You don’t just dump them.
“This isn’t new to me. The last ones were found inside a carrier bag in an alleyway.”
Ms Newlove said the kittens can’t be feral because they are so calm around people.
She added: “Even if you are on benefits there are still plenty of schemes out there. If you still can’t afford it, then you need to call the RSPCA,” she added.
The RSPCA say the UK’s cat population has reached a “crisis point”, with the number of cats entering the charity increasing constantly.
The charity claim while the majority of people are predisposed to the idea of neutering, there is a widely held mistaken belied that a cat should have a litter of kittens before she is spayed.
The RSPCA said: “Having a litter of kittens has become a deeply ingrained social norm.
“The one litter myth is further reinforced by owner applying human emotions to their cats, e.g. ‘she’ll make a great mum, I don’t think it’s fair to deny her the right to motherhood’.”
The charity added that cat owners who might be reluctant to spay or neuter their pets often overestimate the procedure’s cost.
“The cost of neutering is only a genuine barrier to those in lower-income socioeconomic groups where other costs, such as household food and paying bulls, are hard to meet.
“Many veterinary practices provide reduced cost neutering to support subsidised schemes. Despite considerable inestment by both the veterinary profession and charities, it is not stopping the increasing cat population.”
For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk