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Lucky Cat named “Sally” is up for Adoption at the MSPCA-Angell after Losing her Tail in Mystery Accident

Seriously Injured One-Year-Old Kitty Rushed to Angell Animal Medical Center; Organization Asks: Is this Your Cat?

BOSTON, July 1, 2020 – An adorable and friendly one-year-old cat named “Sally” is lucky to be alive after she was found on the streets of Roxbury, Mass. with a tail so injured it had to be amputated, the MSPCA-Angell announced today.

The MSPCA believes Sally—who is friendly and affectionate despite all she has been through—may have once had a home.  She is not microchipped, however, and wore no ID collar, making it nearly impossible to find her owner.

“She is so affectionate and loving, so it’s likely she once lived with people.  But, unless someone gets in touch with us, it’s impossible for us to find her previous family—so as soon as she recovers we will place her into a wonderful adoptive home,” said Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston animal care and adoption center.

Rafferty-Arnold asks anyone who believes Sally may be their cat to email

Sally was found on Columbus Avenue at around 7:00 p.m. on June 26th and rushed to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center by a good Samaritan.  Dr. Charlie Cournoyer of Angell’s Emergency & Critical Care Unit was first on the scene.

“We’re not exactly sure how Sally was injured—she may have been struck by a car or gotten her tail trapped in a door or fence—but she suffered a ‘de-gloving’ of her tail, which means all of the skin had been stripped from her tail, exposing the bone underneath,” said Dr. Cournoyer.

Sally was immediately started on pain medicine and antibiotics until the MSPCA’s Adoption Center could take over her care the next day.

Amputation and the Road Ahead

Sally’s tail was too injured to be saved and was amputated on June 29th by the MSPCA’s Dr. Cynthia Cox, who also spayed the young cat.  The operation spared Sally significant pain, as well as any future complications.

Should an owner not come forward in the coming days, the MSPCA will place Sally for adoption.  Readers interested in adoption can email for more information.

Sally is just one of the more than 100,000 animals whose medical and sheltering needs are met each year by the MSPCA-Angell.  Readers who would like to offset the cost of Sally’s care—and the care of animals just like her—can click here.