Watch: Mother cat and three kittens dumped in box outside ISPCA gates
A cat and her three kittens were dumped in a box outside the entrance of an animal charity over the weekend.
The kittens were found in a box outside the ISPCA gates in Longford by a staff member on Saturday.
The mother was spooked by the car and tried to escape but was quickly brought back to her kittens, said Carmel Murray, a spokesperson for the ISPCA.
The cats were taken into the centre and are being looked after by staff.
The three kittens have been named Evan, Bronte and Jasper and the staff hope to rehome them soon.
Murray said that she hopes this will encourage pet owners to neuter their pets to prevent overpopulation.
This week the ISPCA are holding their annual SpayAware week to highlight the importance of neutering.
Comedian PJ Gallagher is supporting the annual appeal calling on all pet owners to play their part in ending Ireland’s toll of unwanted cats and dogs.
ISPCA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andrew Kelly said: “It is vital that all pet owners play their part in tackling this issue by ensuring their cats and dogs are neutered or spayed”.
“This year we are also making the important point that spaying or neutering also brings many benefits for both owners and pets, including reducing the risk of certain cancers, having a positive benefit for health and lifespan and curbing unwanted sexual behaviour and marking. In most cases neutering is best and we would encourage all pet owners to get their pets neutered, but also to be guided by their vet on when it is most appropriate.”