Kitten Found with Paws Frozen to Fence Seeks New Home

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By Karen Harrison Binette

Ralphie will be placed for adoption by the MSPCA-Angell in about two weeks (credit MSPCA-Angell)
The adorable Ralphie is definitely happy to be inside and warm and looks forward to finding his forever home! (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


BOSTON, March 12, 2015– A homeless kitten found in the Dorchester section of Boston, 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 ( Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals–Angell Animal Medical Center) announced today.

A good Samaritan, who heard the kitten’s cries from inside his house last Saturday, March 7, used warm water to free the frightened little kitty’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.

Ralphie should be ready to find a good home in about a week.

MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin told that Ralphie is a friendly kitten but was clearly a stray.

“He’s little, and he’s adorable,” he said. “He’ll likely go into a new home very quickly.”

Close up photo reveals the blisters on Ralphie's front paws caused by skin adhering to the fence (credit MSPCA-Angell)-2352
Ralphie’s front paws are blistered and sore but will heal completely (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Ralphie MUCH prefers the comfort of a home vs life on the streets (credit MSPCA-Angell)-2353



Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.


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