For me, i must feel sorry for him and the society. I will pick him up. At this moment,i have no ability to raise him for i already have a daughter. I think I will send him to the charity house for the children.
Take him in and raise him, but I would make him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs and treat him like dirt, just giving him hand-me-downs to wear instead of ever buying him his own clothes and forcing him to do all the chores. Then when some weirdo Scottish school started sending him letters I'd throw them away and not let him read them until a huge giant of a man came and broke up our vacation to tell him, "Yer a wizard, 'Arry."
I get babies on my doorstep all the time! In fact I just officially adopted another one last week, sweet little peaches and cream colored dear. So skinny! His back bone still sticks up after a month and his haunches still seem hollow, but we'll get him fattened up soon enough. Large male, only 9 pounds! Some booboos here and there, but those will heal. He's got one blue eye, and one almost reddish, and he's a mute. His mouth moves, but no meow comes out. He purrs louder than a mac truck, however.
Obviously someone abandoned the little guy, and he clearly had no clue how to survive in the wild on his own. There are field mice all over! So he shouldn't have been starving. Anyway, he may not have field smarts, but he sure knows how to show his appreciation. I think boy cats are just naturally more lovable than female cats most of the time.
At any rate, he's far from the first baby to show up uninvited on my doorstep. I think the local pound draws them all a map.
I think the law requires people to report it to the police. It's child abandonment, and it might be considered endangering a child. Besides, the person who'd leave a baby that way might be suffering from bad postpartum depression or psychosis, or might otherwise be in serious trouble and need help. Between not wanting to be charged with something like "unlawfully harboring the product of abandonment" (or something like that), and thinking the person who did it must be in desperate need of help - I'd call the police. (Now, if the person knocked on my door and simply asked me to help, or even asked me to care for the baby - that would be a different, and legal, thing.)
My son did the same, he brought a lost she-cat, like 10 months old no more. I had no choice, between pleading eyes of my son and the cat's I just had to adopt it. 15 years later she is still with me and so is my son. No one wants to move out!
@OP- if it were a baby, then I would follow local laws and report it to the police. If it were a cat or dog, then I would check to see if it had tags for ownership. If no tags, then bring it to a local animal shelter, to find out if it has an embedded ID tracker. If not, then the shelter would keep it, because I already have two cats and have no space or need for another animals in my apartment.
You've got it right as usual Cags, I Do have company. I often dream about some peace and quiet, not for me I guess. Two kids, two cats, two jobs, one sick husband (imagine having two???); at least he does not live with me, but I have to visit him every other weekend and "enjoy"his attitude. Well, I am not complaining, could be worse.
Instead of abandoning their babies, women here in Germany can take them to a babyklappe. I've looked it up on Wikipedia to find out what it's called in English, and here it is:
'A baby hatch is a place where mothers can bring their babies, usually newborn, and leave them anonymously in a safe place to be found and cared for. This kind of arrangement was common in mediaeval times and in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the device was known as a foundling wheel. Foundling wheels were taken out of use in the late 19th century but a modern form, the baby hatch, began to be introduced again from 1952 and since 2000 has come into use in many countries, notably in Germany where there are around 80 hatches and in Pakistan where there are over 300 today.'
There are "Safe Haven" places in some US states too - places babies can be left with no questions asked. Apparently, though, not all states limit the age of the baby, so people have been known to drop off big kids.
My grandparents threatened to sell us to the Gypsies whenever we were exceptionally naughty. I always rather thought that might not be so bad, but if I found an infant on my doorstep, I would very carefully check for retreating hoof-beats from the Gypsies' wagons first, and then find another home for the child very quickly. If the child is too naughty for the Gypsies I doubt I could handle it either.
My cat Zoe loves to walk around the house with her pet squirrel and cry sadly and then puts it in my shoe or near the closed door I am behind. I am guessing it is similar to my one cat I had years ago that would catch...