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Woman Hears Crying Coming From Soggy Cardboard Box — And Finds The Saddest Thing Inside

“The mama and her babies were drenched” 💔

Driving through torrential downpours to pick up a dog from a Logan, West Virginia, animal shelter, Robin Kilgore pulled up to the gates to see a cardboard box sitting on the ground.

When she got out of the car, all she could hear over the sound of the rain was crying.

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Selena Marcum

“It was raining super hard and the box was soaked,” Selena Marcum, president of The Paws Squad rescue, told The Dodo. Marcum was the first person Kilgore called after finding the box.

When Kilgore opened the box, a mother cat peered up at her — and three newborn kittens were shivering at her side.

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Selena Marcum

“She moved the box and it just fell apart,” Marcum said. “The mama and her babies were drenched.”

Luckily, Kilgore had already been planning to drive a dog to One By One Animal Advocates later that day — so the staff there offered to find a foster home for the young family. She dried them off and loaded them up for the trip.

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Selena Marcum

Vets estimated that the kittens were only 3 or 4 days old — so they wouldn’t have survived in those cold, wet conditions for much longer.

“We’re very lucky that Robin happened to find them when she did,” Marcum said. “I truly think they would’ve drowned in that box.”

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The three kittens cuddling | Selena Marcum

According to Marcum, it’s very common for people to dump animals in front of the county shelter before the facility opens its doors for the day.

“We’ve driven over to pick up animals before and have seen them stuffed in boxes, or tied to the front gates outside,” she said.

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One of the babies, who was named Panda | Selena Marcum

While it’s unclear how long the cat and her babies were out there in the rain, they fortunately didn’t suffer any health effects and are now living in a foster home.

The mother cat is now named Gypsie, while her three boys are Cheddar, Velveeta and Panda.

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Gypsie and her babies at their foster home | Selena Marcum

“Mom is a little timid right now but she’s nursing well and taking good care of her boys,” Marcum said. “They’ll stay with their foster mom until they're weaned, then all will be spayed and neutered and ready for a new home.”

If you’re interested in adopting Gypsie or her sons, you can contact One By One Animal Advocates at onebyoneaa@gmail.com. You can also donate to their vet care.