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Woman finds box with 11 cats trapped inside
The little animals were all scared and unsure why they were in the box.
Rachel Shapiro
09.27.21

One cold January day, a woman named Wendy was walking home from work in London. As she walked past a dark alley, she noticed something strange. There were four suspicious-looking packages sitting against the wall.

The packages were sealed with a huge amount of tape, and they were waiting for the next day’s trash pickup.

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Facebook/Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Although she thought the packages were odd, Wendy kept on walking – but then something stopped her in her tracks.

There seemed to be sounds coming from inside the boxes. She decided to go back and investigate. As Wendy got closer, the sounds started to come in clearer and she thought they sounded a lot like cat meows. Wanting to be safe, she decided it was best to contact an animal rescue group.

Rescuers arrived on the scene and decided it was best not to open the boxes there – so they poked air holes in the cardboard so the cats could breathe until they were transported.

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Facebook/Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The rescuers weren’t sure what condition the cats were in, so they wanted to quickly relocate the boxes into a safe and contained area so they could free them from their claustrophobic prisons.

The Celia Hammond Animal Trust uploaded a video to Facebook showing what happened as they opened each box – one by one. In the video, a rescuer can be seen cutting through the mass amounts of tape with a butter knife, being careful not to harm the precious contents inside.

The rescuers opened all four of the boxes, and they were shocked to see they contained a total of 11 beautiful – and scared – cats.

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Facebook/Celia Hammond Animal Trust

In total, there were 9 young cats and 2 older adults.

None of them appeared to be feral – in fact, one even had a collar on. Although they were underweight and had fleas, they were all in healthy condition. Their demeanor was surprisingly docile and calm given what they’d just gone through.

“We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive,” the group wrote on Facebook, Jan. 15. “The boxes cannot have been there very long as without oxygen our vets estimate they probably wouldn’t have lived more than an hour or two.”

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Facebook/Celia Hammond Animal Trust

“One really strange thing is that these cats are really friendly and have clearly once been loved, handled and cuddled — what on earth would drive an apparently loving owner to do something so terrible? Perhaps it was a family member or neighbour who hated the cats enough to do this.”

The cats were transported to the rescue group’s shelter and have received lots of care and attention.

Since their rescue, many people have been inquiring about adopting the beautiful cats.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust hopes that they can be adopted out in pairs or trios since they’re all so close with one another.

“The cats are doing well,” a Facebook post reads. “Once they had recovered from their shock they have turned out to be friendly and like being stroked.”

“They have all been treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated. Our vets are neutering and microchipping them prior to them be ready for new homes.”

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Facebook/Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The group also shared one more update about the cats about a week after taking them in:

“The cats are doing well and are getting better every day,” the group shared later. “The help you have all given has been absolutely amazing and is so very much appreciated. It really is good to know that are so many people out there who support our rescue work.”

We’re so glad the cats are doing well and that they’ll be able to go on to their forever homes. The cats had a rough start to life, but now, they all have bright futures.

Check out the video about the cats below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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