Kittens Abandoned at Grocery Store get Adopted

April 29, 2013

Centerville, Mass., April 29, 2013 – Two young female cats found abandoned in a shopping cart at the Stop & Shop grocery store in Hyannis, Mass. were adopted on Saturday into a new home, the MSPCA-Centerville Adoption Center announced today.  The kittens, named “Brittany” and “Brianna” by staffers, were adopted only six days after arriving at the shelter.

The Barnstable police department responded to call on April 20 about two young cats trapped in a carrier and left outside in a shopping cart at the busy store just off Route 132.  The kittens were then brought to the MSPCA for medical and behavior evaluations before they could be placed for adoption.  The kittens were then adopted by Peggy Walker of Mashpee, who had followed media reports of the cats’ plight which inspired her to act. 

“I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be trapped outside on a cold day, with no food or water and with no one to look out for them,” she said.  “Opening my home to these two cats was one of the easiest decisions to make, and I feel good knowing they’ll have a long and healthy life with us.”

Bella (formerly "Brittany") is now enjoying live in a forever home with her sister Strange Wave (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Walker reports that the cats—who she and her husband have renamed “Bella” and “Strange Wave”—have settled into life at home and are thriving.

Ongoing Law Enforcement Investigation

Despite the circumstances under which the kittens were found, the MSPCA believes they were likely someone’s pets.  “The cats were in good condition,” said Robert Ware, program coordinator for the MSPCA-Centerville.  “They appeared well fed, with healthy coats, and they had already been spayed—which makes it all the more puzzling why someone would just leave them outside.”

The investigation into who may have abandoned the cats is ongoing; if police can identify a suspect then he or she may face animal cruelty charges. 

 Strange Wave (formerly "Brianna") is together with her sister in a home of their own (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  Britney and Brianna represent just two of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit