A SIX week old kitten found dumped in a branch of Wilko is now searching for a new home. 

Betty was found in the gardening section of the homewares store in Mitcham Road, Tooting, south London, by a customer who alerted staff after hearing tiny miaows.

The kitten, who is in good health, was taken to Blue Cross' rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, and is being looked after by the team.

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Marion Terry, 20, a customer assistant at Wilko, said: “When we first found the kitten she was understandably frightened as it was a busy lunchtime in our store.

"I picked her up and put her in our staffroom.  

"She was soon purring and fell asleep on my colleagues arm. I’m sure it won’t be long until Blue Cross finds her a lovely new home.”

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The national pet charity has said it is bracing itself for another bumper kitten season with the onset of the warmer spring weather, and is urging people to neuter their pets. 

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Since January, the charity has already had 106 kittens in for rehoming at its centres across the country – up 10 per cent on the same period in 2018.

Another litter of kittens, found living in a compost heap, are also being looked after by the team at Lewknor.

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Eve Brant, veterinary & operational supervisor at Blue Cross in Lewknor, said: “Betty should still be with her mum and litter mates. She must have had such a scare being dumped in a busy store surrounded by strange smells and noises.

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“She’s lapping up the cuddles from our team here and I’m sure it won’t be long until she’s loving life in a new home.

“With the weather warming up it’s really important to make sure your cat is neutered and microchipped as they will be more inclined to roam.

“Every year we take in many unwanted litters of kittens and strays and it is important to know that very young cats and siblings are likely to produce a litter if not neutered.”