MSPCA-Angell Press Release

Missing for Three Weeks, Jacks the Cat is Home Safe for the Holidays

December 23, 2011

Boston, Mass., Dec. 23, 2011 – When five-year-old feline Jacks went missing three weeks ago from his Brookline home his family feared the worst.  Was he injured along the side of a road?  Had he fallen victim to a  hungry wild animal?  No one knew until, miraculously, the orange tabby was found in a neighbor’s garage, where he had become trapped.  When he finally escaped the garage he was scared, cold and starving—and in need of urgent medical care.  His family immediately rushed him to Angell Animal Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for several days in the Emergency and Critical Care Clinic.


Jacks was evaluated by Drs. Roxanna Khorzad, Michelle Cook and Adrienne DiPietro who frequently treat cats and other animals that have gone missing for significant lengths of time and, as a result, suffer severe health effects primarily from lack of food.  “When Jacks came in he was in desperate shape: he’d lost several pounds and was severely undernourished.  It’s very fortunate he escaped when he did, and that his owners had the foresight to rush him to the hospital.”

 Jacks recovers at Angell Animal Medical Center


The starving kitty was ravenous upon arrival at the hospital, and required a very careful feeding schedule to avoid a potentially deadly electrolyte imbalance that can occur when animals suddenly gorge themselves after going without food for a length of time.  He was administered fluids and carefully fed on a strict schedule by the vet staff. 


Despite his long stay out of doors Jacks suffered no other health consequences.  And for his owners—who will no doubt be keeping him on a very short leash in 2012—his return right before the Holidays is all the more special.


The (not so great) outdoors for cats

Jacks’ ordeal underscores the many dangers lurking outside for cats.  And while Jacks is well-loved indoor cat he is proof that any curious feline can escape the house and become lost, hurt or killed while outside.  The MSPCA-Angell has compiled a list of recommendations for keeping cats safe and happy indoors; to read more click here.


In case of an emergency, Angell Animal Medical Center’s Emergency/Critical Care service can be reached 24 hours a day at 617-522-7282 or pet owners can find more information about staff and services at




Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.