DOGS Trust staff thought they had gone barking mad when they heard meowing in the rehoming centre.
Staff at the Kenilworth branch were preparing to take rescue dogs out for their afternoon walk when they thought they heard the unfamiliar sound of kittens in the bin area.
And when staff went to investigate they found three tiny felines, but mum was nowhere to be seen.
The kittens – who are believed to be around six-weeks-old – have since been named Skip, Dusty and Scrappy and been taken to the local Cats Protection charity.
Dogs Trust canine carer James Sowerby said: “It was such a tiny sound during the excitement of the dog walk, so we almost didn’t hear them, but we’re so glad we did.
“Despite being dog experts, we are thrilled that we could use our charm on the kittens to coax them out and get them inside to some food and warmth, and cuddles of course.
“With no microchips we’ll never know much about their journey to Dogs Trust. They were found on site behind locked gates so it’s unlikely they were abandoned. We think a stray cat has placed them there, but after scouring the grounds we didn’t see any trace of the mum.
“Our team cared for them overnight and kept checking to see if mum returned before calling our friends at the local Cats Protection who collected them the next day. We have no doubt that they will find their furry tail ending very soon, they are beautiful.”
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk to find out more about dogs at the Kenilworth centre needing a home.