Valentine’s kitten ready to find forever home after being abandoned 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEStouffville, ON (March 7, 2018) – After being found abandoned in Markham just before Valentine’s Day, a tiny kitten named Valentina has overcome the odds and is now ready to find a loving home to call her own.

Now approximately eight weeks old, the kitten was brought to the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre by a Markham animal control officer after being found by a couple passing by near Kennedy Road and Highway 7 in Markham on February 11. The grey tabby could be heard meowing from underneath tissue paper inside a pink Holt Renfrew shopping bag that had been left by a community mailbox.

A veterinary examination revealed she was dehydrated and cold after being left outside in sub-zero temperatures. Named Valentina by staff at the Provincial Education & Animal Centre, who cared for her around the clock, the kitten slowly grew stronger with each passing day.

Valentina will be available to “foster to adopt” on Friday at the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre, located just outside Newmarket. Once she is ready to be spayed, she can officially be adopted by her foster family.

“This playful kitten is very affectionate, despite what she’s been through,” reports Diana Marsilio-Apostoli, Manager, Provincial Education & Animal Centre. “She’s very playful and is looking for a loving family to welcome her into their home and give her a second chance at life.”

The Ontario SPCA is asking anyone with any information about this kitten, or who witnessed anything suspicious in the area of Highway 7 and Kennedy Road on February 11, to call 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.

To see animals available for adoption at the Provincial Education & Animal Centre, visit



Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:


Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario's animal welfare organization. A registered charity, the Society is comprised of close to 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA agents and inspectors with police powers to do so.

The Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations, including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.