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Bird cage left at shelter shocks staff with its contents

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The events took place at a shelter in Melle, Germany. Animal care workers were finishing up their day at work when they realised a bird cage had been placed in front of their gates.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 20/06/2020, 12:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

They expected the cage to be empty – perhaps it was a donation? Or, in the worst case scenario, someone had dumped their bird(s).

An unanticipated resident

But it was much worse than any scenario they had expected. What they found inside was a heavily pregnant stray cat. It is assumed that the owner did not want to face the responsibility of caring for several cats, and decided to abandon the pregnant queen instead.

While it is conceivable that people’s circumstances can change, we here at Wamiz always encourage those who can no longer care for their pets to drop them off at the shelter themselves. Shelter staff usually need valuable information about the animal that no one other than the owner can provide: past illnesses, current medical needs, behavioural problems, etc. While in many cases, a cost is required to relinquish an animal, exceptions can be made when the owner is unable to pay.

A family of survivors

The poor girl was very shy, and it was not easy to get her checked out by a vet and settled into the cattery. However, she has been given a clean bill of health, and her kittens have since been born – and are all in good health too.


Ihr erinnert euch an Mepsi? Die ausgesetzte Katze aus dem Vogelkäfig. Gestern war es so weit und ihre Kitten wurden...

Posted by Tier- und Naturschutz Melle von 1950 e.V. on Thursday, June 18, 2020

It is hoped that they will all find loving homes very soon.

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