The two animals, found in trash at a Beaverton PetSmart, were taken to Sherwoods Cat Adoption Team for recovery

Left to suffocate in a Rubbermaid-like container in a dumpster, two young female cats are lucky to be alive.

On Saturday morning, an employee of the PetSmart near Washington Square discovered the cats left to die behind the store.

They were both inside the nearly new, sealed blue plastic tub inside the dumpster on top of trash. From the store manager, Cat Adoption Team learned that the employee who found the young cats was "taught by his mother to always look in a closed container, if he found one."

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 CAT ADOPTION TEAM - Grace, an orange tabby, is one of two cats found in a Tigard Dumpster over the weekend.

The cats were checked out by the veterinarians at the Banfield Pet Hospital at the PetSmart and then rested for the day inside the CAT adoption center at the store.

By Saturday evening, the two young female cats were safe at the Cat Adoption Team’s shelter in Sherwood.

One is a brown tabby, who is possibly in the early stages of pregnancy, and about one year old; the other is an orange tabby, who CAT believes is spayed due to the discovery of a faint spay scar. She is about two to three years old.

Right now the cats are not available for public viewing or adoption.

CAT urges anyone who knows something about these cats or the person who left them to die to contact authorities. Animal abandonment is against the law in Oregon and is a Class B Misdemeanor (punishable by 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 penalty).

If you have a cat you can no longer keep, CAT has resources to help at CAT ADOPTION TEAM - Hazel, a brown tabby, was the other cat rescued from a sealed containter found inside a PetSmart trash container on Saturday.

"Please don’t wait until the last minute to try to find a new home for your cats," advises Karen Green, Cat Adoption Team executive director. Because local animal shelters do have an intake process and a waiting list, it is better to get on the list early.

Everyone at the Cat Adoption Team wishes to thank the Washington Square PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for helping to save these two young cats.

-- Kathy Covey

Cat Adoption Team

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