Burned Cat Dumped at MSPCA Makes Fast Recovery

March 27, 2012

Boston, Mass., March 27, 2012 – A young and beautifully colored cat, with burns covering over 60 percent of its body, was dumped outside the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center in Boston in the early morning on March 18.  Upon finding the cat in a cardboard box staff members immediately rushed her inside where veterinarians examined her and began treating her injuries. 


Bernadette, as she came to be known, immediately captured the hearts of the shelter veterinary team with her sweet disposition.  A thorough examination revealed that much of the fur on her back and face, including her whiskers, had been singed off.  While she smelled like burnt hair, and her injuries were consistent with fire (vs. a chemical burn), it is impossible to know for certain what happened to her.  The veterinary team began treating her with pain medicine and antibiotics and, while her fur has not yet grown back in, she is well on her way to making a full recovery.

 Bernadette's singed back is examined by shelter veterinary staff at the MSPCA-Angell (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Said Cindi Cox, head veterinarian at the MSPCA’s Shalit Glazer Clinic, which is located inside the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center and serves the medical needs of homeless animals: “We may never know what happened to this cat but we’re very glad she ended up at our doorstep to receive the treatment necessary to heal her wounds.  She’s a wonderful cat and deserves a loving permanent home after all she’s been through.  I’m confident we’ll find that perfect home for her soon.”


Bernadette is ready to go to the perfect forever home and anyone interested in adopting her is encouraged to visit the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center at 350 S. Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, or log onto www.mspca.org 




The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.