The 10 cats, including six kittens, dumped in suitcases outside McGregor Vet Clinic are “the lucky ones”, according to South West Animal Rescue coordinator Tanya Adams.
Mrs Adams gave the cats and kittens a second chance at life after they were left out in the cold.
“I initially said ‘no, I can’t take them’ but I reconsidered and they’ve ended up with me, ” she said.
“They are the lucky ones and we’re looking for homes for them.
“People think the vet will find a home for them, but often they can’t.”
Sadly, this is one instance of an alarming increase and trend in the number of animals being dumped as unsterilised cats multiply the number of unwanted pets.
Every year SWAR re-homes a few hundred adult cats and up to 150 kittens which are dumped.
And as the number rises, euthanisations peak.
On Australia Day a kitten was thrown out of a car at Brunswick, leaving it with a broken hind leg and fractured front leg.
New cat laws enforced in November last year require owners to desex, microchip and register their cat.
Cats must wear a collar with identification and registration tags.
Local governments have the authority to enforce these laws, administer fines and seize cats.
People interested in re-homing the abandoned cats can call SWAR on 0424 139 284.