Six young kittens and their mother were left abandoned on a doorstep in Stanmore shivering, without a box, carrier, food or water.
RSPCA officers were first called on Thursday, June 13 to Everton Drive, Stanmore where three young kittens were found dumped alone.
A day later three more kittens and their mother were left abandoned on the same doorstep.
The cats, about eight weeks old and their one-year-old mum are being cared for at RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre in Hertfordshire. The mum has been named Sky and the kittens are Storm, Santof, Sonny, Scarlett, Sully and Simon.
Inspector Francesca Tambini, who collected the cats on both days, said: “It seemed like it couldn’t just be a coincidence that these cats were dumped at the exact same spot just a day apart but I’m unsure why they were abandoned separately.
“We are fairly sure that the six kittens are from the same litter and the young adult cat is their mum.
“Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for us to see abandoned animals, especially kittens at this time of year when most kittens are born.
“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal like this, it is a cruel and callous act to leave these vulnerable kittens and their mum out on the street.
“Luckily for this family of cats, they were left on the doorstep of a kind member of the public who contacted the RSPCA.”
If anyone recognises these cats, or saw anything unusual between Thursday, June 13 at around 12pm and Friday, June 14 until 8am, or has any information about how they came to be abandoned please contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and reference inspector Tambini.
The RSPCA has also given advice to residents who feel they can no longer care for a pet.
They said: “Before making the decision to get a pet, we would always recommend that people consider whether they have the time and money it takes to properly care for them for the rest of their lives.
“We understand that people’s circumstances can change which means they can no longer care for their pets and we respect people who decide to make the tough decision to give up their pet if this is the right thing to do.
“However, abandoning animals is never the answer as there are always options available to people who feel they can no longer cope, including rehoming charities who may be able to take in their unwanted pets.”