Mama and Her Kittens Left in Carrier Rescued During Storm

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MSPCA-Nevins Farm Rescues Mom Cat and Kittens Blown in by Hurricane Sandy

Methuen, Mass. Oct. 30, 2012 – A one-year-old female cat and her two kittens are safe after they were found in a wind-battered carrier on East Street in Methuen, Mass.  during Hurricane Sandy, the MSPCA-Nevins Farm announced on Tuesday.  A good Samaritan discovered the cats Monday during the Hurricane, took them into his own home to ride out the storm and then brought the feline family to the Methuen shelter Tuesday afternoon.

The mom cat, who adoption center staffers named “Farrah,” is in good health, as are her two eight-week-old kittens, named “Hurricane Sandy” and “Superstorm Sandy.”  The cats are not microchipped, nor were they wearing identification collars—making it impossible for staffers to identify an owner.

All three cats will be placed into new homes once they receive full veterinary examinations and are immunized and spayed.  Said Mike Keiley, director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm: “These cats are extremely lucky to be alive given that they were completely trapped and defenseless against the wind and rain.  If not for the quick thinking of the person who saved them, their story may not have had a happy ending.”

Keiley said that it is hard to know if Hurricane Sandy is responsible for the displacement of more animals in the region.  “We took in a total of 23 animals—dogs, cats and rabbits—in our first three hours of operation today,” he said.  The adoption center typically takes in about 100 surrendered animals each day.

Adoption Center staffers are working overtime to ensure the animals’ needs are met before they can be put up for adoption.  Anyone interested in adopting from the MSPCA-Nevins Farm can click here to review hours of operation and other adoption-related information.


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 of individuals who care about animals. Please visit


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