A kitten has been dumped in an Ikea parking lot in Essex, UK with a heartbreaking note from his former owner, who apparently couldn't cope with him.
Vinnie, a five-month-old grey and white cat , was found in a pet carrier outside Ikea. The grey and white cat, thought to be half-Bengal, was left inside a carrier in a parking space with the note attached.
It reads: "Hi, my name is Vinnie and I am a very handsome five-month-old half Bengal boy kitten.My mummy loves me very, very much but is unable to keep me for personal reasons. And I am very sad."
A shopper found him and brought him home before calling the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton, who went to collect him, said: "Vinnie's owner took him into Ikea and tried to give him away but, when they were told the cat couldn't be taken in, he was left in the car park in his carrier.
"He was found in his carry basket in a parking space. A car reversing into the space could have easily failed to spot the carrier and run him over so he's very lucky he was rescued when he was. I'd like to thank the member of the public who took him to safety and called us."
Any number of factors—financial calamity, catastrophic illness—can make it difficult or impossible to care adequately for a cat you love. But, as Hammerton reminds the public, there are always better options than simply dumping a cat in a parking lot.
"If, for whatever reason, you can no longer care for your pet, there are lots of organizations and people who may be able to help. Please don't abandon your animal without the proper care and attention they require. If you are struggling to care for a pet, please contact our 24-hour line on 0300 1234 999 for advice and help."
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