A small abandoned kitten was on the verge of death when it was discovered dumped inside a Puma shoe box next to the bins at a farm.
Workmen found the 12-week-old black cat on November 23 at Nickle Farm in Chartham, near Canterbury, Kent.
The little kitten was cold, hungry and dehydrated. She was in desperate need of urgent veterinary attention in order to save her life, KentLive reports.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of RSPCA vets, staff and volunteers, though, the plucky kitten made it through the horrifying ordeal – and has now been named Lucky in honour of everything she has overcome.
Natalie Archer, trustee at the RSPCA Canterbury and District branch, said: “Poor Lucky had been abandoned on a local farm and found inside a Puma shoebox.
"She had been left for dead and dumped next to a bin. She was lethargic, starving, dehydrated, terrified and so cold our wonderful vet at Vets4Pets Canterbury couldn’t even register a temperature.
“We thought perhaps this little one could be the first to receive a shoe box filled with love and kindness and tasty treats to aid her recovery and show her that not all humans are alike.
“It was touch and go for little Lucky as she was nearly dead when she was found.
"Thankfully, with vet care and lots of TLC from her foster carer, Lucky is now recovering well.”
Every year, the RSPCA Canterbury branch launches its shoe box appeal encouraging supporters in the area to fill one full of goodies for a cat or rabbit spending Christmas in RSPCA care.
This could be food, treats, beds and blankets, toys, hay for rabbits and scratching posts for cats.
Natalie added: “This support is needed now more than ever before as this year has been a particular tough year for us all, so we will be accepting shoebox donations at our rehoming centre throughout December.
"When we launched the shoebox appeal again this year, we never expected that we would find a tiny kitten abandoned inside one and needing our help."
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