Two cats came within a whisker of being crushed to death today (Wed) after they were dumped in a cardboard box and left out for the bin men.
Incredibly, the two moggies, aged around seven months, were saved when refuse collectors heard miaowing coming from a pile of rubbish.
They opened the taped-up box to find the two cats, which were in good health, huddled together.
The cats, a male and a female, were found by bin men on their round in Hammersmith, west London, at 9am.
The animals, nicknamed Biffa and Dusty by rescuers, are being cared for by Blue Cross staff at the charity’s animal hospital.
The cats were found to be in good health and were vaccinated and given a worming treatment before being microchipped.
Katie Shorer, Practice Manager at Blue Cross hospital in Hammersmith said: “These poor cats were terrified when we opened the cardboard box.
“They are doing well now though and have been health checked by our team.
“We will now be able to find new homes for them but we just wish pet owners would take their pets to their local rehoming centres or animal hospitals if they can no longer look after them rather than dump them.
“There is no shame in someone coming to us and saying they can no longer look after their pet. Our teams will happily help them to find a new home for the pet.”
Last year Blue Cross helped more than 40,000 sick, injured and abandoned pets.