It was early on the morning of Sunday, March 18th when they found her, inside a cardboard box: a sweet female tabby cat who’d been dumped outside the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Boston. There wasn’t a clue where she’d come from, but one thing was immediately clear: more than half of this little cat’s body had been burned to the skin, and she needed help fast. Even her whiskers were gone.
Veterinarians at the MSPCA’s Shalit Glazer Clinic didn’t have time to ask questions, they just got to work, treating the injured cat with antibiotics and medications to ease her pain, battle infection, and soothe her spirits. She responded, seeming to understand that she was out of harm’s way, and in safe hands. The vet team is calling her, “Bernadette.”
Now that Bernadette is out of danger, her medical caretakers are speaking out. Dr. Cindy Cox, head of the Clinic inside the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center, said, “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.”
While her fur hasn’t grown back yet, Bernadette has recovered sufficiently to leave the hospital and start a new life with people who will cherish her. Prospective adopters are invited to visit the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center at 350 S. Huntington Ave. in Jamaica Plain.