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Tear-jerking Cats Protection X-mas ad tells true story of an abandoned kitten

Animation tells true story of abandoned kitten cat-sad
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A commercial for Cats Protection charity has left viewers in tears after showing the real-life plight of an abandoned kitten named Libby. Get those tissues out!

By Natasha James

Published on the 05/12/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

A heart-wrenching ad

If Christmas tends to make you emotional at the best of times then you might want to look away now as this little video is definitely not for those of a teary disposition.

The animated video is almost five minutes long and was created to raise awareness of charity: Cats Protection.

The short film starts with a cardboard box being dumped on the side of a snow-covered road. As the camera zooms closer, we see five frightened little kittens poke their heads out.

The next four minutes follow the story of little Libby as she jumps out of the box to explore, leaving her four siblings behind to be rescued by Cats Protection.

A sad ending..?

After an initial period of play, little Libby realises she's cold, frightened and alone. With no energy and eating bugs to survive, the kitten collapses into the snow and it seems there's little hope for her. Prompting many viewers to shed a tear.

Thankfully, the video takes a far happier turn as Libby is rescued by workers and returned to health before being returned to her brothers and sisters.


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The cartoon tells the story of Libby (now known as Misty) who was found alone and shivering in the snow long after her brothers and sisters had been rescued. Thankfully Misty now has her forever home with Amy Smith. Amy says,

“Misty is the loveliest of cats, she always waits at the lounge door to greet us in the mornings and her happiness is shown by her loud purr and vibrating tail.”

Cats Protection helps around 200,000 cats and kittens every year. Find out more about the work they do and how you can get involved here.