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A Portland couple adopts Grace and Hazel from the Cat Adoption Team Friday

by: COURTESY OF CAT ADOPTION TEAM  - Melissa and Brett of Portland hold Grace, left, and Hazel, the two cats disovered in a sealed container and thrown in a trash container on March 23.Less than one week after two cats were left for dead in a sealed Rubbermaid-like container placed in a Dumpster, the young felines have a new home.

Shortly after they went up for adoption last Friday, the cats, dubbed Hazel and Grace, were adopted by a Portland couple.

The felines' story began March 23 after the two were discovered in a Washington Square-area PetSmart trash container by an alert employee who discovered them before they sufffocated.

The cats were checked out by the veterinarians at the Banfield Pet Hospital at the PetSmart and then taken to Sherwood’s Cat Adoption Team.

The cays were kept from public display for a few days before they were put up for adoption, said Kathy Covey, a spokeswoman for the shelter.

On Friday, the cats were adopted by Brett and Melissa, whose cat of 23 years recently passed away. Covey said the couple came upon CAT after looking for a place where they could donate their remaining cat food.

CAT had been looking for a single location for the felines, who were a “bonded” pair, Covey said, and offered a discount on adoption fees if the animals were placed in the same home.

Anyone who knows something about how these cats ended up in the garbage container is asked to call the Beaverton Police at 503-629-0111.

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