A Washington state woman reportedly rescued a kitten that she found abandoned in a box.
The woman was out walking her dog in Kirkland, Washington, when she came across a cardboard box on the street, according to an Oct. 15 Facebook post from MEOW Cat Rescue. After her dog stopped to sniff the box, the woman reportedly lifted the lid and discovered the tiny ginger and white kitten inside.
On the bottom of the lid was a note written in what appeared to be a child's handwriting, explaining the reason for the kitten's abandonment.
The note read: "My mommys boyfriend is mean to me. Desperet for loving home."
The brief message was printed in red marker and a sad face was drawn at the end of it.
The woman said she took the kitten home and had it examined by a veterinarian before taking it to a nearby MEOW cat rescue shelter in Kirkland.
The shelter posted a picture of the kitten and the handwritten note on its Facebook page, along with a message saying that the tiny creature is in good health and has been placed in a foster home with kittens of a similar age.
"We are so happy to have her," the Oct. 15 post read. "We have more questions than answers, but are forever thankful for the bravery of the child who knew the kitten deserved better and the kindness of the woman who saved the kitten."
According to comments in the same post, the woman left a note in the spot where the kitten was discovered letting the child know that the animal had been found and was safe. The woman added that the letter had been taken out of the envelope the last time she checked, but she didn't know whether the child had read it.
In the comments section, the shelter also noted that the kitten won't be up for adoption for several months.
The child who reportedly left the kitten in the box has not been identified, and Facebook commenters have voiced concern for his or her well-being as well.
Approximately 7.6 million companion animals are put into shelters every year, according to statistics reported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Photo Credit: MEOW Cat Rescue Facebook Page via The Daily Mirror