Michela Brown from Northern Rivers Animal Rescue service with Stewie, and Cassius the Kittens, you can meet them at PETstock in Ballina for Feline Adoption Day.
Michela Brown from Northern Rivers Animal Rescue service with Stewie, and Cassius the Kittens, you can meet them at PETstock in Ballina for Feline Adoption Day. Doug Eaton

This little tabby cat is one out of the box

IT'S been one week since little Cassius the tabby cat was squashed into a tiny box and left abandoned out the front of a vet in Ballina, but carers say the wide-eyed warrior is making a swift recovery.

"He's slotted in really really well," Northern Rivers Animal Service volunteer Michela Brown said.

"He's just an inquisitive, playful, very cruisy little fellow and he's made himself right at home."

Last week The Northern Star reported the three-month-old tabby had been taped up in a box the size of a ream of paper and left outside the Shaw's Veterinary Clinic.

He managed to escape and was looked after by a neighbour before veterinarian Dr Ros Fitzgerald arrived.

The small box Cassius the kitten was squashed into when found outside a Ballina veterinary clinic.
The small box Cassius the kitten was squashed into when found outside a Ballina veterinary clinic.

See Cassius's adoption profile

Despite his big green eyes and caramel nose, Cassius has still not found a permanent home.

"We had a few inquiries after The Northern Star article last week but again we try to filter through those impulse buyers who think 'oh the poor thing, I'll take him'," Ms Brown said.

"We need people to go away and think about the next 15 years. Be aware that it is a lifetime commitment, it's not just a one off."

Ms Brown said all of the rescued cats and kittens at the Feline Adoption Day would be de-sexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, de-wormed and de-flead.

She said buying a rescue animal was a good way to ensure backyard breeders were not supported.

"When you buy from some pet shops, or Facebook or Gumtree, you don't know that they're not supporting a backyard breeder. Pet shops may believe they are buying from a reputable source, but it's a chain, it's a food chain. And as they say, rescue animals have a lot of love."

If buying a pet for life is too big a commitment, Ms Brown said people could become rescue animal foster carers.


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