BEAVERTON, Ore. — Two cats could have suffocated Saturday inside a Rubbermaid container left in a dumpster in Beaverton, Ore. Instead, they were found by a PetSmart employee.
According to the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, the employee found the two female cats Saturday morning — on top of the trash inside the dumpster behind 8825 Southwest Cascade Avenue. They were in what is being described as a “nearly new, sealed blue plastic tub,” without ventilation holes.
“[T]he employee who found the young cats was 'taught by his mother to always look in a closed container, if he found one,'” according to a Cat Adoption Team news release. “Apparently this employee grew up in New York and years ago a news story about a baby abandoned in a similar way struck a cord with his mother.”
The worker says the lesson stuck.
One of the cats is a brown tabby and could be pregnant, and about 1 years old. The other is an orange tabby, likely 2 to 3 years old and already spayed.