It was another typical Friday morning when an unnamed volunteer was on her way to a shift at a local animal shelter in Brzeg, a small town in southwestern Poland.
Some of the locals often dump their rubbish next to the road, so it's not uncommon to see cardboard boxes stuffed with trash lying in the street.
These cats were thrown away like rubbish
But something about one cardboard box caught the volunteer's attention. This disused box of pesticides was tied together with a piece of thick rope. What's more, she was sure it was making a squeaking noise.
So she untied the rope, pulled back the lid, and saw where the squeaking noises were coming from. It was a family of four tiny kittens, no more than a few weeks old.
The volunteer scooped up the furballs and took them straight to the nearby animal shelter. Thankfully, none of the kitties showed signs of any serious health problems.
But this didn't stop the staff sharing their anger at whoever dumped the cats. They posted the following message on their Facebook page:
"You who left these little ones in a cardboard box, know that it was only a coincidence the box was found! A few hours more and they would've died! At a turn in a secluded place! No words!"
Thanks to the power of social media, the shelter was able to find a surrogate nursing cat the very same day. The new foster cat-mum will make sure the kitties get all the milk they need, as well as some much-deserved love and affection.
Sad beginnings, happy endings
As soon as they're big and strong enough, the rescue kittens will be rehomed with loving families.
These kittens had a rough start in life, but thanks to one good Sarmatian, their story is set up for a happy ending.