A kitten has been rescued after being found in a scoop at a North Devon recycling centre.
North Devon Animal Ambulance (NDAA), an volunteer-driven animal charity based in Bideford, were called to Deep Moor Recycling Centre, Torrington, when staff heard noise in the waste.
After two staff members found nothing in the search for the noise, a machine was cleared to clear the waste but the work was halted when a kitten was found moving in the scoop.
The kitten was rushed to the charity’s welfare clinic, where it was treated for starvation, dehydration, an infected eye, two injured legs and an abscess on its face.
NDAA posted pictures of the kitten, now named Scoop, to social media, receiving hundreds of reactions.
Since then, online users have donated £1024 so far to the charity
Gill Hodge, trustee at NDAA, said Scoop was recovering in the special care unit of the charity, but still has a long way to go.
She said: “We are really overwhelmed. Of course Scoop is being highlighted by he is only one of hundreds of animals we help every month.
“The Deep Moor staff have been excellent. We always get calls from them about cats or birds stuck in plastic. They are very caring and never let the animals suffer.”
“During COVID we found that because of the restrictions that were that placing on vets and what they can offer, we became busier and busier and funding has got a lot harder. But we are still here thanks to the generosity of the people of North Devon.”
Rescuing the kitten from the site was not a one-off operation, but was part of a long time relationship between Deep Moor and NDAA.
James Bidwell, Operations, Projects and Support Manager for Coastal UK, said rescuing the kitten from Deep Moor Recycling Centre was not a one-off operation, but was part of a long time relationship between themselves and NDAA.
Workers at the site often see cats who have made the site their home, and contact NDAA whenever a cat is noticeably pregnant to ensure kittens are rescued.
The cats often have injuries, such as eye infections, and are treated by a team of vets.
James said staff members are extremely dedicated to ensuring the kittens at Deep Moor have the best shot at life.
He said: “What the cats like to do is to make a home behind a porter cabin on in cracks between buildings. So if we find those homes we try to recover the kittens there. Other times, our lads are clambering over waste to literally catch them.
“Of course, there is a humane aspect to it. Our guys just want to make sure these cats are going on to have better lives.
“We couldn’t do it without North Devon Animal Ambulance, so it works both ways really. We are really grateful that they are around to support us.”
To report an animal in need, donate to NDAA or volunteer, visit https://www.northdevonanimalambulance.co.uk/