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Animal carer discovers abandoned litter box shut tight in front of shelter

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As a Tierheim Pfozheim staff member approached the entrance to the shelter, she noticed a large square-shaped object covered with a blanket and knew immediately that it was bad news.

By Justine Seraphin , 22 Jan 2020

Post-Christmas is always a difficult time for shelters. Once the novelty of a new pet is over, irresponsible owners discard their animals like they would property. Shelters become over-crowded with unwanted pets in need of new homes.

A sad delivery

So when shelter staff member Kristin Hinze noticed what looked like a cage in front of the shelter, just a little before 7am, he knew something was wrong. The large object was covered with a blanket, but from it emerged a loud meowing sound.


Kristen removed the blanket and discovered a litter box underneath – which had been shut tight with duct tape! The cat was lucky to be alive; it could've suffocated to death!


Kristen quickly worked to open the litter box and set the cat free. And in just a few seconds, a beautiful tabby girl emerged.


She was doing just fine, though Kristen was even more shocked to find that she had been shut inside the box without food or water.

Despite this, Kristen was relieved that the cat had been dropped off in front of the shelter rather than disposed of in the middle of a forest, or worse, on the side of the road.

A fresh start

There is no information on the previous owner, but what’s most important is that the cat is now in good hands.


The 5-year-old tabby was named Mary, and is now actively searching for her forever home.