Cat, kittens abandoned in hot box, rescued by cat rescue center

BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB) — A cat rescue volunteer encountered a real life Schrodinger’s Cat situation when he witnessed a sealed box in a hot sunny parking lot.

Inside, the volunteer from Ten Lives Club cat rescue in Blasdell found a hot mother cat with five newborn kittens. Appalled, Ken Lyons immediately brought the animals into the rescue center. Lyons said the person who left the box left no note, no notification; simply a cardboard box sealed with duct tape in a blazing hot afternoon heat.

Officials with the cat rescue program say it will cost their group about $1,000 to treat each of the cats to a point where they can be adopted.

“TLC wants (the) public to know whomever did this, it is not acceptable,” Marie Edwards, of the Ten Lives Club, said. “You do not leave live animals in sealed boxes at any shelter or elsewhere.”

Edwards says the rescue is overfull with cats at the moment. The Ten Lives Club currently plays host to over 75 cats and kittens, and the number continues to grow. Edwards says the group will take care of the kittens and the mother until each can be placed into a home.

For Edwards, the incident brought to light the need for donations and support from their community.

“We are asking the public’s support in helping us with donations towards this mom and her babies,” Edwards said. “Abandonment of such animals is against the law, and whomever did this…could be charged with animal cruelty.”

Anybody interested in helping out the rescue can visit the website here, or send donations to Ten Lives Club at P.O. Box 253, North Boston, N.Y. 14110. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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