A cat rescue charity is urging struggling pet owners to seek help after three small kittens were found dumped by a major road in south Essex.

The kittens, believed to be only around six weeks old, were found by the A127 during the heatwave this past week by a man who took them in to Medivet Benfleet, Purrs Cat Rescue says.

The vets reached out to the rescue charity for help, who are now looking after the kittens affectionately named Puma, Jag and Kuga.

A spokesman for the charity said: "In this heat near a very busy road, it’s not worth thinking about."



They added: "We have had a week like no other!  And this week I’m going to spend my time introducing so many cats and kittens we have taken in this week as they have been dumped and all put at risk of death. Despite us being full to bursting."

Purrs Cat Rescue is urging owners to look at Cats Protection's regional neutering campaigns to check if they are eligible for the £10 neutering voucher.

The hard-working volunteers say they have "never seen a year like it" and are grateful for any support they receive. Visit purrscatrescue.org to find out how to donate or foster.

The spokesman added: "I'd like to also take time to thank all our fosterers who haven’t stopped this week going out rescuing cats and making room."