MSPCA-Angell Press Release

MSPCA Seeks Home for Cat Found Caged, Submerged in Charles River

July 21, 2010

Grandma Moses has found a wonderful new home, however hundreds of additional animals are still waiting to be adopted.
 Grandma Moses was rescued after she was found in a nearly completely submerged pet carrier in the Charles River.

Grandma Moses’ adopter sought starting at 2PM Thursday, July 22

UPDATE: Grandma Moses was adopted on Tuesday, July 27. Hundreds of homeless animals are still seeking new homes. Please click here to view adoptable animals.

Grandma Moses, the caged cat found by a kayaker in the Charles River earlier this month, will be available for adoption at the MSPCA-Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center beginning at 2PM Thursday, July 22. The MSPCA will interview potential adopters as staff members seek a suitable home for the rescued feline. The non-profit’s Law Enforcement department continues to request any information from the public regarding how the feline came to be caged and submerged in the river.

“Grandma Moses has been through incredibly adverse conditions and remains bright and playful,” said Jean Weber, the MSPCA’s director of animal protection. “We hope to find an appropriate home for her as well as the hundreds of additional cats in our care.”

A kayaker, enjoying a day on the Charles River with his family, made a chilling discovery earlier this month along the river’s bank. The Good Samaritan noticed a small portion of a nearly entirely submerged pet carrier thrashing about in the water. As he approached, the kayaker expected to find a trapped wild animal such as a duck or goose in the carrier which appeared to be hung up on a branch a few feet off shore. Instead, he lifted the small pet carrier from the water to discover a full grown domestic breed cat shut inside and barely clinging to life.

The Good Samaritan quickly brought the cat, nicknamed Grandma Moses, to the MSPCA’s Animal Care and Adoption Center in Boston. The MSPCA adoption center’s medical staff provided the required care including a full examination, several hours of heat from a Bair Hugger to raise her core temperature, and food and water. Grandma Moses also received X-rays from the Radiology team at Angell Animal Medical Center to assess if she had aspirated. Radiographs showed that her stomach was full of air that she had gulped while presumably gasping for breath.

“Grandma Moses required immediate medical attention and our medical team, headed by Dr. Cynthia Cox, stabilized her condition,” said added Weber. “We continue to investigate how Grandma Moses came to be submerged in the Charles River in a pet carrier. We hope the public can assist us with information to answer the many questions that we have including the whereabouts of her original owner.”

Members of the community with information regarding Grandma Moses are urged to contact the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department at (800) 628-5808. All calls are confidential.

As the MSPCA seeks new owners for Grandma Moses and the cats in its care, staff members also wish to remind the public that animals should be properly surrendered through an adoption center or shelter and never abandoned. Abandonment constitutes animal cruelty in Massachusetts and perpetrators may receive a fine of up to $2,500 or five years in prison.

Donations are being accepted for the MSPCA-Angell’s Pet Care Assistance program to help homeless animals, pets from Law Enforcement investigations, and pet owners in need. Click here to donate.