stapeley kitten

A kitten was found dumped outside the Stapeley Grange RSPCA animal centre in Nantwich with a toy mouse.

Staff, who have named him Matty after lead singer of The 1975 band, are appealing for information to trace the owner.

A member of the public reported seeing a cat carrier outside the animal charity’s centre on London Road last week (Thursday January 21.

Two workers at the centre found the six-week-old kitten inside with a blue blanket and a toy mouse inside.

They have named him after Matty Healy who hails from Cheshire and has similar hair.

RSPCA animal rescuer inspector Caren Goodman James is investigating to try to trace the person responsible for dumping Matty who was found at about 8.30am.

She said: “Matty is doing well but I would like to trace the person responsible for discarding him.

“It was lucky the weather wasn’t so bad as he could have gone unnoticed for some time and he would obviously have been frightened.

“Whoever left him there covered the carrier with an orange blanket and there was also a toy mouse inside with him.

“One of the staff members at the cattery decided to call him Matty as she is a fan of The 1975 and wanted to name him after the lead singer Matty Healy who is from Cheshire so it is quite apt!

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Matty Healy

“Staff at Stapeley Grange cattery will now care for Matty until he is ready to find his forever home.”

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandonments as reports of increased pet ownership during lockdown, coupled with a deepening recession has led to fears of more pets being left out in the cold.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “There have been reports of a rise in people buying or adopting new pets, often for the very first time.

“Whilst it’s great that so many people have become pet owners and have found their pet to be a real source of comfort during these challenging times, we are concerned some people may have bought a pet on impulse without considering how their lifestyle might change once the pandemic ends.

“On top of that, we are facing real economic uncertainties, and, as in previous recessions, people may simply find themselves unable to afford their pet.

“The last thing we want to see is animals dumped and left out in the cold so we’d urge anyone who is struggling to care for their pets to please reach out to friends, family and charities for support instead.

“We would always urge anyone considering getting a pet to thoroughly do their research to make sure they can give them the time, money and care they need for the rest of their lives.

“As the impact of the pandemic puts a strain on people’s finances and as many people start to return to work or some kind of normality, the fear is that we will see a surge in abandoned and neglected animals coming into our care.”

Already this winter, the RSPCA has received more than 82,000 calls.

To help our rescue teams continue to reach the animals who desperately need us, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Winter Rescue #JoinTheRescue

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