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Sad note attached to cat abandoned at Ikea in Lakeside

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a kitten was dumped in an Ikea car park at Lakeside.

Five-month-old Vinnie was found in a pet carrier by a member of the public in the car park of the furniture superstore – which uses the slogan: ‘The wonderful everyday’ – at Lakeside Shopping Centre, in Grays, on Wednesday night (6 April).

The grey and white youngster, thought to be half-Bengal, was left in a parking space in the carrier with a heartbreaking note reading: ‘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 pouch of cat food and some toys were also left in his carry basket.

A member of the public found him and very kindly took him home before calling the RSPCA.

Inspector Marie Hammerton went to collect him. She 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.

"Vinnie will soon be at our RSPCA Essex Havering Branch and will be looking for a new home."

Vinnie was in very good condition when he was found and is very friendly, so has obviously come from a loving home.

If he has not been claimed within seven days, he will go up for rehoming. If you’d like to offer him a home, please contact the RSPCA Essex Havering Branch by emailing

Inspector Hammerton added: "If, for whatever reason, you can no longer care for your pet, there are lots of organisations 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."

The RSPCA’s Havering branch currently has lots of lovely cats looking for new homes. If you’re interested in rehoming a cat you should contact them directly via email or, to see which pets are currently searching for new owners, visit the branch Facebook page here:

The RSPCA relies on public donations to exist. To assist our Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).


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