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Staff at Barriere recycling centre looking for home for cat found in demolition bin

A Siamese cat was found at the Louis Creek eco-depot earlier this month inside of a demolition bin.
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February 21, 2020 - 6:30 AM

Staff at recycling depot north of Kamloops are hoping to find a new home for a Siamese cat that was found trapped inside of a demolition bin earlier this month.

But first they'll have to catch it again.

Suzanne Herritt is a supervisor for the eco depots and transfer stations across the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and says it was discovered one morning by a site attendant at the Louis Creek eco-depot in Barriere.

“The cat was discovered in the morning on the beginning of a shift,” she says. “The cat came in what we assumed to be a demolition bin which is hauled from the City of Kamloops or various areas.”

A demolition bin is an open bin with no lid.

Once staff noticed it, the bin was pulled and the door was open so the cat could get out.

“The cat bolted out but the cat has stayed at the site since,” she says.

They haven’t been able to capture it to bring it into an animal shelter.

Herritt says staff at the site are quite fond of animals and have been putting out food  and have also made a makeshift cat carrier.

“They initially asked me if they could keep the cat as a site cat and I said ‘well it’s not your cat to keep.’ But having said that, they also can’t make the cat go away either,” she says.

They contacted local animal rescue organizations to bring in a live trap to catch it but that has issues as well. The cat only comes out at night and the live trap needs to be monitored on a regular basis.

“They won’t leave it (a live trap) overnight,” she says.

Herritt believes the cat has been at the site for about a month, but they aren’t sure if it fell into a local bin or was transported all the way from Kamloops.

An employee posted a photo of the cat to Facebook in hopes a potential owner could identify the cat but they haven’t had much luck.

“It’s a Siamese cat and it’s hard to identify because their markings are so similar so you have to get pretty close to the cat but no one has had the opportunity to get close,” she says.

But several people have also volunteered to take the cat once it's caught.

Herritt says this isn’t the first time they have had a cat at the dump.

“At every one of our eco-depots and sometimes transfer stations, we often times have people who have dropped off a cat in the area because they no longer want the cat and so most of our attendants have really taken to helping the animals out.”

Herritt welcomes anyone who would be happy to help put a live trap at the Louis Creek Eco Depot between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to help get the cat out.

“I hope someone reaches out to us and we can get the cat into a good forever home.”

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