Kitten found in dumpster up for adoption at Lauderhill PetSmart

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - Months after he was left for dead in the dumpster of an apartment building in Plantation, a kitten is being given a second chance at a “fur-ever” home.

After a rough start, Hector is now in need of a happy ending with a loving family. He is up for adoption this weekend at the PetSmart near Commercial Boulevard and University Drive in Lauderhill.

Colleen Moriarty, a volunteer who provided foster care for Hector after he was rescued back in February, said he has made a remarkable recovery.

“He’s doing really well, compared to what happened to him. He was found in the dumpster, he was six months old, no food or water,” she said. “I’ve taken him home and fostered him. He gets along with my other cats. He’s a changed cat.”

7News covered Hector’s case. Surveillance video captured his original owner putting him in a container that did not have any holes, food or water, Feb. 6.

“Can you imagine what this cat was going through in this container?” said animal rescuer Amy Roman.

Police said a maintenance worker discovered Hector four hours later — with a trash bag piled on top of the container.

Roman said she learned about the abandoned kitten through a volunteer with her animal rescue group. Like many others, she found it difficult to believe someone would treat Hector so poorly.

“Disbelief, anger. What kind of world do we live in? [The owner] needs to pay,” said Roman.

Luckily for Hector, he was placed in Moriarty’s care. She said she tried everything she could to make the cat feel at home after his traumatic experience.

“Very scared. He’s hiding behind everything that he can find. I’ve never seen a cat this terrified before,” said Moriarty.

Four months later, Hector is finally available for adoption.

“He’s just a joy to have around. He makes me laugh all the time,” said Moriarty.

If you would like to give Hector a loving home, go to the PetSmart in Lauderhill on Sunday between noon and 3 p.m.

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