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Kitten Found with Paws Frozen to Fence Seeks New Home

BOSTON, March 12, 2015– A homeless kitten found in Dorchester, Mass. with his front paws frozen to the metal wire of a neighborhood fence is on the mend and will soon be placed for adoption, the MSPCA-Angell announced today.

A good Samaritan, who heard the kitten’s cries from inside his house on March 7, used warm water to free the frightened feline’s legs from the fence before rushing him to the Emergency & Critical Care Unit at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

Hypothermic, scared and in pain

Angell’s Dr. Meagan Rock was first on the scene.  “This little guy was extremely lucky to have a kind stranger step in and help because his situation rendered him defenseless against the cold and predators,” she said.  “And by the time he got to us he was hypothermic and his legs were swollen.”

The team actively warmed the kitten using blankets, convection heat and warm water bottles, and administered pain medicine to sooth his sore paws.  He spent the night in the hospital and is continuing his recovery in Dr. Rock’s home.  She expects his blistered front paws will heal completely in time.

Dr. Rock named the kitten “Ralphie” and will soon bring him back to the MSPCA, where he will be neutered, immunized and microchipped before he is placed for adoption.

Anyone interested in adopting Ralphie can email for more information about the adoption process.


The MSPCA-Angell has experienced overwhelming interest in Ralphie’s story and knows that choosing the perfect family, out of so many, will be very hard.  The MSPCA is enlisting the help of his foster mom, Dr. Meagan Rock, who knows him best, to find the perfect match.  Dr. Rock reports that Ralphie would do best with a family who enjoys a chatty cat. He also absolutely adores the dog and cat in his foster home and would love to live in a home with other pets. He’s playful, energetic and cuddly! If you’re interested in adopting Ralphie, email with as much information as you’d like to provide about why you’d be a great fit for Ralphie. The MSPCA will be accepting these email applications until 5pm tomorrow, (Tuesday, March 17th).