Thanks to an act of compassion and heroism, a once-stray cat will get a second chance at life.
According to a press release from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center, on September 13, Massachusetts state trooper James Richardson was driving through Boston's Callahan tunnel when he noticed a badly hurt feline lying by the side of the road.
Richardson then radioed his dispatcher to send aid for the injured black-and-white cat, who was eventually taken to the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
It was there that the 5-year-old cat—who has since been named, fittingly, Callahan—was treated by Dr. Cindi Cox. Cox found that Callahan "had suffered multiple pelvic fractures and some mild head trauma, but would definitely survive."
"It always amazes me that cats can survive these kinds of strikes,” said Cox in the statement. "Fortunately his pelvic fractures aren’t severe enough to require surgery; they’ll heal with about six weeks of cage-rest and I expect his balance will improve once his head trauma resolves."
Cox further explains to petMD that it's better to let fractures like Callahan's heal on their own because "the bones are not terribly misaligned" and a surgery would be "unnecessarily invasive."
Callahan appeared to be a stray cat, as he was not neutered at the time and had no identification. "He was clearly very scared and very dirty; his white paws were gray with soot, which indicated that he lived primarily, if not exclusively, outdoors," Cox tells us. "Despite this, he is extremely friendly (if a bit shy) and, remarkably, seems in wonderful health otherwise."
Cox notes that despite everything he's been through, Callahan (who will also be neutered before he's available for adoption) will someday make for a wonderful indoor pet. In the meantime, Callahan will be placed in foster care while he recovers.
If any compassionate animal lover ever found themselves in a high-risk rescue situation like that of Richardson, Cox says the best thing to do is call the proper authorities for help and not to put yourself or the animal in further danger.
As Alyssa Krieger, the adoption center manager at the MSPCA-Angell, put it, "[Richardson]'s a hero to us and certainly to Callahan."
Image via MSPCA-Angell