ABANDONED in a box on the side of a creek, these four four-week old kittens are lucky to be alive.
Goggles, Tucki, Phoenix and Squirt were discovered Sunday afternoon near Tucki Creek in Goonellabah by a good Samaritan who was walking her dog and heard the kittens meowing.
They were taken to a veterinary clinic before being handed over to the Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) for temporary care and re-homing.
The four kittens are now being looked after by NRAS volunteer Michela Brown.
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She said it was important for the kittens to be re-united with their mother, if possible, for feeding and development.
"The four kittens are super friendly but have only just starting eating solids," she said.
"They ideally need to be reunited with their mother for another four weeks care and development."
Ms Brown urged the owner of the mother cat to get in contact with NRAS.
She said the kittens could be rehoused by NRAS once they reach eight weeks and the volunteer organisation could also help with desexing.
"This is a plea to whoever has the mum cat," she said.
"It may be that the mother died and someone didn't know what to do.
"Any information would be appreciated and handled in confidence."
NRAS is appealing for volunteer foster carers to help with an overload of cats and kittens.
The foster carers provide a safe temporary home for cats, dogs, kittens and puppies until they are rehoused to screened "forever" homes.
She said NRAS was unaware of just how many animals were being abandoned, as many are dumped at veterinary clinics.
All veterinary work, products and food are supplied by NRAS. If you can help or would like more information please contact Northern Rivers Animal Service on 6681 1860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.
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