An incident occurred at our shelter today, which has left us reeling.
A group of 7 people came in this afternoon asking to see our cats. A member of staff dealt with the party and showed them around.
We were busy – all other staff and volunteers were showing other people around.
Whilst they were being shown around, two of the party headed back towards our reception, entered our kitten pen and stole two of our kittens.
We know they did this because we have CCTV footage of them doing so. Police have this footage and have asked us not to share at this stage.
Pictures of kittens identical to those stolen are attached. One is a ragdoll-type who arrived with us semi-feral when her Mum was killed in a road accident. The other is a silver tabby.
These kittens were reserved for rehoming by other families, who are utterly distraught that “their” kittens currently won’t be heading home as planned.
We want to get these kittens back. It is beyond comprehension that one would intentionally steal from another. Stealing vulnerable, living creatures from a charity is despicable.
The lady who completed the identification form gave her name as being Ashley Hunter, living in Corstorphine although this may well not be her real name/location. We have searched on Facebook and no clear matches for our visitors are coming up.
We have informed the police who will be fully investigating the situation next week.
In the meantime, they have advised us to use social media to make the kittens too hot to handle.
All we want is the get the kittens back.
If we get them back safely, no further action will be taken.
If the kittens are not returned to us, we will look to take further action through the appropriate channels.
If you think you may know who the identity of those involved, if you’re offered/see kittens for sale looking like those pictured, or if someone in your area has new kittens looking like ours, please do contact us with details so we can pass them on to the police. We will treat any information with care and anonymity.
Please help us.