An abandoned cat has been found in a box inside a wheelie bin in Aberdeenshire.
The Scottish SPCA has issued an appeal following the discovery in Balmedie.
The charity was alerted after a member of the public heard the cat crying while they were throwing away some flowers.
Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona McKenzie said “A female cat was found inside a small cardboard box in a wheelie bin in the cemetery at Belhelvie Church.
“She is an older, white Persian cat and had no collar or micro chip.
“After being examined by our vet, she was unfortunately found to be in poor health.
“We are very keen to trace the owner of this animal. If anyone recognises this cat, please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”