SunSkips handles about 3,000 tonnes of waste every month, but every now and then, we come across something among the rubbish that leaves us speechless…
That’s exactly what happened to driver Rory Finn on Wednesday (December 8) when he heard a distinct mewing sound coming from under a huge pile of cardboard at SunSkips’ Stowmarket site.
“It would have all got picked up by our enormous Sennebogen 360 machine to be taken away for recycling,” explained Rory. “So we had to act fast.”
A fellow driver helped Rory dig down into the pile when eventually he picked up a tiny kitten.
Resourceful Rory was able to cobble together a makeshift box for Sunny using bits and pieces found onsite.
“A picker from the yard gave me a wicker basket to keep her in for the day and I popped out at break to grab some kitten food and milk.”
The pair quickly bonded and Rory realised he couldn’t bring himself to part with her. But before he could take her home with him, the SunSkips stray needed a name to make the adoption official; ‘Sunny’ was the clear choice.
“There are a few strays in the area and they must have had some kittens,” Rory explained. “We’ll have Sunny checked over and jabbed in a few days.”
A recent study found that the UK has almost 250,000 stray cats, a figure thought to have been exacerbated during lockdown when owners were less likely to neuter their pets.
If no owner can be found, the RSPCA says it’s fine to rehome the cat yourself as long as you’re ready for the commitment.
Fortunately for Sunny, Rory had already begun preparing to explain to his fiancée that their family was about to get a little bigger.
“She loves her,” Rory beamed. “As does her 18-year-old daughter. Sunny’s definitely found a family that will take care of her forever.
“Sunny was a bit timid the first night, but now she’s inseparable from us and so happy and loving.”
What a heart-warming story! Wishing Sunny and the Finn family all the best!