Violeta Martinez, a 23-year-old California PetSmart employee.
took to TikTok to share a heartbreaking video
after she discovered a kitten abandoned in a cardboard box outside the store early one morning.
“The only thing I hate about coming in in the mornings or closing at nights is walking up to the door … and finding this,” Martinez said.
Eventually, she successfully opens the taped box, revealing
a tiny orange kitten inside.
“Guys, I’m asking all of you,
please don’t do this, they get really scared, look at her,” she tells viewers.
TikTokers were understandably heartbroken over the video, with many slamming the pet-owners irresponsible behavior.
“So sad,” one wrote. “People really don’t understand that owning a pet is a lifetime commitment”.
A safer approach to finding a new home
for a pet you can no longer care for is by contacting the Animal Humane Society.
In a followup video, Martinez revealed that thankfully, one of her coworkers decided to adopt the kitten and provide it a forever home