Cat Pulled from Icy River still Homeless One Month Later

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It’s been a month since a scared and freezing cat was plucked from the Spicket River in Lawrence, Mass. and taken to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen. And now that cat—who staffers named “Juno” after the historic blizzard that rolled through New England just after her rescue—is still awaiting a forever home.

Juno owes her life to the Lawrence animal control officer and the local fire department, whose members donned ice rescue suits to rescue her. She was brought to Nevins Farm on Jan. 29, where the team immediately began assessing her health and temperament.

“We’re still unsure if Juno ever had a permanent home because she wasn’t spayed,” said director Mike Keiley. “Now that she’s been with us for a few weeks she has settled into a routine and has become much friendlier.”

No one has stepped forward to claim ownership of Juno, reinforcing the belief that she may have been a stray.


Juno has now been spayed and has been vaccinated. And she will be microchipped prior to going to her forever home.

“We’re just unsure what kind of home that will be,” said Keiley. “She’ll likely always be a bit shy, perhaps a little fearful, but with lots of patience and the safety and predictability of a home, we’re confident she’ll make an excellent pet.”


The MSPCA-Nevins Farm/Methuen Adoption Center is seeking adoption inquiries for Juno and anyone interested in learning more about the adoption process can click here.

Juno’s adoption listing notes: Given the drama this little lady has been through, Juno certainly deserves a warm and loving home.

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year. Juno represents just one of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.


See our earlier post, from February 5, Firefighters save nearly-frozen cat from Spicket River.


Lt. Matthew Nadeau and the rescued cat.
Lt. Matthew Nadeau and the rescued cat.





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 from individuals who care about animals.

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2 thoughts on “Cat Pulled from Icy River still Homeless One Month Later”

  1. She is a beautiful cat. I wish I did not live so far away in another state. I would take her in a heart beat

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