Cat Covered in Tar Gets Help After Construction Site Mishap

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By Karen Harrison Binette

Tarzan is tended to by MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center staffer Berry Brixie and fitted with a cone to prevent him from eating the tar that covers his legs
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A sweet Massachusetts cat is is doing well now in foster care following treatment after he was found wandering a construction site with his legs and torso covered in tar.  Tarzan was helped at the MSPCA’s Angell Memorial Hospital and will be available for adoption soon.


Cat Found Covered in Tar Makes Fast Recovery at MSPCA-Angell

While the expression “tarred and feathered” is rarely applied to cats, one would be forgiven for thinking someone tried to do just that to a sweet orange tabby who arrived at the MSPCA-Angell in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Mass. on May 3rd covered in sticky black tar.  The cat, named “Tarzan” by staffers, was found wandering in a Hyde Park construction site by a good Samaritan who immediately rushed him to the shelter.

The only way to remove the tar from the Tarzan’s legs and torso was to shave his front limbs and part of his upper body.  Tarzan endured the procedure without complaint and is now resting comfortably in a nearby foster home before he can be placed for adoption.

Adoption Center manager Alyssa Muro believes the roughly two-year-old Tarzan may have only recently become homeless.  “He’s got a wonderful temperament and even when covered in tar he purred through multiple evaluations by our shelter veterinary staff,” she said.  “He likely was someone’s pet before he went missing.  We’re glad the person who found him thought to bring him to us so we could remove the tar as the first step to getting him into a loving home.”

Tarzan was not wearing identification tags and is not microchipped, making it all but impossible to identify any previous owners.  He was neutered, however, which is a strong indication that he once had an owner.  He will be immunized and microchipped before he is adopted into a new home, which could be as soon as next week.


A shaved Tarzan settles into his foster home where he will recover before he is adopted into a permanent home.
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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.  Tarzan represents just one of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals 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 from individuals who care about animals.


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