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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WTVR) - A rubber bin, punctured with breathing holes and filled with kittens, was discovered behind a Big Lots store on Hull Street Road in Midlothian Tuesday.

Kittens discovered in bin (PHOTO: Henrico Humane Society)

Kittens discovered in bin (PHOTO: Henrico Humane Society)

The 10 kittens, who appear to be between six and eight weeks old, were well fed and healthy, according to Henrico Humane Society cat manager Kate Walser.

Walser said the area where the kittens were discovered is a known feral cat colony.

She said whoever left the kittens there probably knew the animals would be found and cared for.

Someone wrote a note on the lid of the bin where the kittens were stashed:

"I'm pour [sic]. Can you ladys [sic] please please help these babys [sic]?

Kittens discovered in bin (PHOTO: Henrico Humane Society)

Kittens discovered in bin (PHOTO: Henrico Humane Society)

Walser said her group was able to find other shelters and animal rescue groups to care for the kittens. She said it is kitten season and many shelters are at their kitten capacity.

The kittens are too young to be adopted by families.

Walser said cat owners who find themselves unable to care for their pets should never abandon them like this.

"Talk to your animal control, call rescue groups, but dumping them is not the way to do it," she said.

Walser added the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered. She said several groups offer low-cost options for people who cannot afford to pay full price for the procedure.


  • Shannon

    Kittens that are between 6 and 8 weeks are not too young to go to families. You can spay/neuter kittens at 2 lbs and they can have a loving family. Looks like the person who left them let them stay with their mother until they were done feeding from their mother and wanted to start eating on their own. I used to work at a Veterinary Clinic, we had stray kittens and people drop off kittens all the time behind our dumpster and leaving them. They can have homes and get out of those shelters so please people, emphasize to these shelters and this Henrico Humane Society manager to spay/neuter them and give them their first shots and send them to loving homes! Any questions on kittens or any information or help, please feel free to email me.

    • Helen

      This Henrico Humane Society Manager is on the ball with the rescue of all of these abandoned kittens. They are not two pounds yet and they will not be adopted out until age appropriately vaccinated and spayed/neutered to avoid more unwanted abandoned kittens.

  • April Dee Dee Sullivan

    Virginia Code: § 3.2-6510. Sale of unweaned or certain immature animals prohibited, vaccinations required for dogs and cats; penalty. “…prospective owners take possession of the animals only after fowl have reached two months of age, mammalian companion animals have been weaned, and dogs and cats are at least seven weeks of age.”

    Have to be at least 7 weeks of age, and weaned. Humane Society spays and neuters before offering for adoption to avoid this very scenario from repeating itself, so by HHS standards, the kittens have to be large enough to be fixed, i.e., 2 pounds, which is typically 8 weeks or so, therefore right now they are not old enough to be rehomed.

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