Homeless Cat Gets New Lease on Life after Hit-and-Run Accident

October 19, 2012

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass., Oct. 19, 2012 – On a dreary October Saturday a sweet seven-month-old kitten was rushed to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. after a good Samaritan found her laying alongside a busy road in nearby Lawrence.  The cat, named “Neri” by MSPCA staffers, at first appeared to suffer only mild abrasions—however x-rays later revealed a life threatening chest injury requiring emergency surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.  Doctors also discovered a fracture to her pelvis that had already begun to heal, leading them to conclude that this was the second time Neri had been struck by a car in the span of several weeks.


Neri is continuing her recovery at Angell, after which she will be transferred back to the Adoption Center at Nevins Farm, where a permanent home can be found for her.  Neri’s medical bills will be paid for by the MSPCA-Nevins Farm and the MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance program, which helps pay medical costs for homeless animals in the organization’s Adoption Centers, as well as for animals who arrive at the MSPCA as a result of cruelty cases. 

 Drs. Sue Casale (left) and Meg Whelan (right) examine Neri after her surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Severe Chest Injury Requires Emergency Surgery

As a result of Neri’s most recent run-in with a car she suffered a diaphragmatic hernia: a tear in her diaphragm that pushed her internal organs into her chest cavity, causing severe respiratory distress.   Angell’s Dr. Sue Casale—a top veterinary surgeon who specializes in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery—performed a lifesaving operation to remove the organs from her chest and replace them in her abdomen.  Said Dr. Casale after the surgery: “This is one brave kitten with a very strong will to live.  Her odds of survival were slim, but we are very happy that she pulled through.”


Neri’s Second Brush with Death

Neri’s fractured pelvis had already begun to heal, and Dr. Casale believes she suffered the fracture in a separate, earlier accident.   “My estimation is that this is likely the second time Neri has been struck by a car, making her survival all the more remarkable,” said Dr. Casale.


The Road Ahead

Neri will require several weeks of recovery from her surgery, during which the Nevins Farm team will pull out all the stops to find her a loving, permanent home.  Said Nevins Farm representative Heather Robertson, “Given all Neri has been through our primary goal is to keep her comfortable during her stay with us, and to evaluate potential homes very carefully.  This brave young cat has so much to offer to the right individual or family—and we’re hoping that folks who are moved by her story will come in to meet her.”


Anyone interested in adopting Neri can inquire about the process by clicking here.  Readers who may want to contribute toward the cost of Neri’s care can do so by clicking here.



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.