A cat left in the cold outside a shelter with a note taped to her carrier.

Sunday morning saw Ruth Rickard, the deputy manager of Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home, opening the facility. During the process, she observed a pet carrier placed outside the shelter and immediately identified it as containing a cat.

The unfortunate cat was huddled inside the container without any blankets or comforts. The carrier was damp and cold, and there was a towel placed on top, suggesting that the poor cat had been outside for several hours, if not longer.

Rickard shared with The Dodo, “When I found her, she just looked scared and cold, and she was really small.”

Attached to the carrier was a message from the cat’s previous owner. In the letter, the owner explained that the cat had chronic diarrhea and refused to use a litter box. Feeling concerned about the cat’s well-being and uncertain about what to do, the owner chose to leave the animal outside the shelter.

Rickard quickly brought the cat inside for examination, and the shelter’s staff named her Dusty Bin. Dusty was initially terrified, seeking refuge to hide from everyone as she tried to acclimate to her new surroundings. She was extremely frail and weighed much less than a 3-year-old cat should.

As she settled in, the shelter discovered that she wasn’t as unwell as her previous owner had assumed.

Rickard mentioned, “According to the letter, she has chronic diarrhea and does not use a litter pan.” “However, she is using her litter boxes, eating well, and has no diarrhea at our excellent non-euthanasia organization.”

Additional tests will be conducted to ensure Dusty’s overall health, but the team is optimistic that she will be ready to find her loving permanent home in two to three weeks. The shelter’s staff is still actively searching for Dusty’s previous owner, expressing the hope that they had taken her in rather than abandoning her outside.

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