Charity thanks public after cats abandoned in Croxton find new homes

Cognac, one of the cats who was rescued from woodland in Croxton, before and after.

Cognac, one of the cats who was rescued from woodland in Croxton, before and after. - Credit: Archant

A cat protection charity has thanked members of the public after their donations helped it to re-home 20 cats who were found abandoned in a woodland.

The cats were found in very poor condition, emaciated and filthy, in boxes and bags in Croxton near Thetford over the course of several days in September last year.

Breckland Cats Protection took the long haired black and white felines in, some of whom were heavily pregnant and many who were unable to eat properly.

Now the charity, which has no cattery and relies on fosterers to take in the animals it rescues, has expressed its gratitude towards members of the public who donated food, bedding and hundreds of pounds towards the cats' recovery.

Rita Thompson, a volunteer with Breckland Cats Protection, said: 'We had a lot of support from the public – we were amazed by it. We would not have done it without their help.

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'The cats had obviously been in the bags and boxes for some time. It took a lot of money to sort them all out, but we did it.'

A number of fosterers volunteered take on the cats, aged between three months and five years old.

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Two were taken in and nursed back to health by a cattery in Newmarket, after its owner heard about Breckland Cats Protection's plight.

Most were unable to eat ordinary food due to the length of their starvation, so had to be fed on specialist diets with expensive food sachets.

While it was caring for the cats, who all had to be blood-tested, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, Breckland Cats Protection saw its monthly vets bills rise from £3,000 to £6,000.

The final two cats were rehomed in March, four months after the first felines were taken in by new owners.

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