A tiny kitten that had been put out with the trash was rescued by Reaction Unit SA (Rusa) officers in Verulam minutes before being tossed into the back of a bin truck.
Spokesperson Prem Balram said a passerby heard the tiny cat in a sealed cardboard box left next to the refuse bin that was scheduled to be collected by a bin truck.
He said the box had air holes punched in it and was sealed with brown packaging tape. The kitten was taken to Rusa headquarters where he will be cared for until he is adopted or handed over to an animal shelter.
Balram said they receive many call-outs for animal rescues, mainly for dogs, cats, snakes, water monitor lizards and duikers.
Marketing manager of Durban and Coast SPCA, Tanya Fleischer urged people to drop unwanted pets off with the SPCA rather than abandon them.