Ontario cat abandoned on the side of the road with his scratching post

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It’s not uncommon to see someone throwing trash on the side of an Ontario road, but it’s heartbreaking to see someone leave a furry family member behind.

Pickering Animal Services reported that operations staff found an abandoned male cat and his belongings on the side of the road while driving through Concession 7 and Brock Road on March 16 around 8 a.m.

A published photo of the brown tabby shows him staring at the camera as he perches inside what appears to be the top of a cat house surrounded by snow and a scratching post.

“Abandoning an animal like this is extremely negligent, as it is left to fend for itself against coyotes, vehicular traffic and weather,” read a city press release.

Pickering Animal Services is mobilizing to ask for the public’s help and is asking anyone with information about the cat to come forward.

“We cannot understand this act of cruelty. If you are looking to rehoming your pet, please bring them to the shelter,” said Animal Services Supervisor Lindsey Narraway. “We will ensure they are kept safe and cared for, giving them the best chance of finding a new home.”

According to the statement, the brown cat will be cared for and “medically assessed” at the shelter before looking for a new adoptive family for the little guy.

Anyone who knows “where this cat may have come from” can contact Pickering Animal Services at 905-427-0093.

Unfortunately, abandoned pets are not uncommon in Ontario. Earlier this year, a litter of kittens was found in a trash can by a Toronto pet store and last summer the Toronto Zoo found turtles believed to have been dumped in their parking lot.

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Jennifer R. Strohm