01/20/2011 at 03:00 PM EST
For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a loving home. Today we'd like you to meet Maggie (above, right) and Rose, a mother-daughter feline pair left to die in a dumpster earlier this month.
The cats were discovered at a shopping plaza
in Centerville, Mass., when an employee went to toss some trash. Sealed in a cardboard box for an unknown period of time, they were cold – the low temperature that day was just 18 degrees – but otherwise unharmed. Once recovered, they were brought to a local business and Deborah Doe of the New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA) was called.
"Both are so sweet," Doe tells PEOPLEPets.com. "But they were trembling for days after that." Maggie, a longhaired gray-and-white cat, is estimated to be about 1 year old, while longhaired calico Rose is approximately 3 months. "They are very healthy," Doe says. "They had complete vet exams done, both are spayed, vaccinated, dewormed and flea- and tick-treated. They are ready to go home!"
Doe founded NESSA
four years ago after rescuing a group of feral cats on her own. After countless people began asking her to help them handle other abandoned animals, she created a non-profit that now operates a free spay/neuter clinic, educational programs, nursing-home visits and more.
The organization depends heavily on donations to continue its rescue operations, so visit its website
to learn how you can help. Meet more adoptable animals on PEOPLEPets.com:Adopt Us! This Puppy and Kitten Brady Bunch Needs a Carol and MikeAdopt Me! Purebred Pooch Beatrice Has Those Puppy-dog Eyes