Nova Scotia

Kittens abandoned on Halifax doorstep

A Halifax couple had a surprise waiting for them when they arrived home Sunday night after someone left a box of kittens on their doorstep.
Four kittens were left in a box on a Fairview couple's doorstep Sunday. (CBC)
A Halifax couple had a surprise waiting for them when they arrived home Sunday night after someone left a box of kittens on their doorstep.

Margaret Ann Rideout said at first, the Fairview couple thought a friend had dropped off something at their Convoy Avenue home to cool them off after a hot, sunny weekend. But when her husband looked inside the cardboard Budweiser box he found something else.

"He said 'Oh my God, there's kittens in there,'" recounted Rideout. "We were like, 'Well why would someone drop a box of kittens off at our doorstep?' ... so just had no choice, but to take them in."

The four kittens - three red tabbies and one grey - appear healthy. And since Sunday night they've been getting used to their new surroundings.

The kittens were left in an empty Budweiser Box on the doorstep of this Convoy Avenue home. (CBC)
Except for the odd scuffle, they're well-behaved.

Rideout already has one hungry mouth to feed - a two-month-old baby - so as cute as the kittens are she picked up the phone and called the SPCA.

Since the agency was closed for Labour Day, the kittens were to spend at least one more night at the Rideouts, but Margaret Ann admitted she was already starting to get attached to the grey one.

"In the meantime, we'll just take care of them," said Rideout.

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