An animal rescuer was in the right place at the right time when a kitten was thrown from a car onto a busy highway last week. The Toronto area woman witnessed the kitten being thrown from a car, saved the injured baby, and will give him a home.
Mandi Howard says she thought she’d seen someone throwing fast food trash out of their car window on Highway 427 in Toronto last Wednesday when she witnessed a kitten being thrown onto the highway. Then she saw fur blowing around on the ‘trash’ and realized what had actually happened. She pulled off the road and walked carefully along the margin toward the animal, a kitten not more than a few months old.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a kitten,’” she told the Toronto Star.
Mandi waved away the traffic and picked up the kitten, who had obviously been injured from the impact with the pavement, and rushed him to the Toronto Humane Society.
“When I picked him up, he was totally out of it, with blood all over him,” she said. “He started screaming.”
Mandi sang to the kitten to help calm him down and later said she had thought to herself: “If he were to die before I can get there, at least he will have known what kindness looks like.”
Mandi is an emergency nurse, as well as an animal rescuer, so she was able to carefully handle and protect the kitten in transport. The kitten stopped wailing when Mandi sang to him and instead turned his gaze upon his rescuer.
Vets at the Humane Society treated the kitten for scrapes, sewed up his split lip, and put splints on his back legs. All of the toes on the kitten’s back paws were broken.
When asked if she wanted to adopt the kitten, Mandi said yes.
“He is so sweet,” she said. “His entire body fits in the palm of my hand.”
“He’s doing well, he’s eating, he’s a chubby little guy, he loves his dinner,” said Humane Society spokesperson Makyla Deleo. “He’s super sweet. We know he’s going to pull through.”
Mandi lost a beloved cat named May about a week before the kitten’s rescue. May died during recovery from dental surgery. She was adopted by Mandi after being saved from death row at the NYC ACC.
Mandi said it seemed like May had guided her to the kitten.
“This was my day off. I wasn’t even supposed to be there. She brought me there for a reason.”
The kitten has been named Pedro. He is in temporary foster care with a veterinarian from the Humane Society and is expected to be ready to go home with Mandi in about two weeks.
At her sister’s suggestion, Mandi opened a fundraiser at indegogo to help with Pedro’s medical costs, for his emergency care and followup.
Info from the For medical costs for the kitten rescued on Hwy 427 after being thrown from a car. indegogo page states:
On December 3rd during snow flurries on the busy Highway 427, this little kitten was thrown from a car window. He was just a small bit of fur – he could have been a paper cup.
When our rescuer Mandi, went back and picked him up, he was covered in blood and screaming in pain. He was taken to the Toronto Humane Society emergency care. He has now made it through the first stage but will require surgeries to fix his broken jaw, split lips, and multiple fractures.
He’s been through so much — please help us to get him the care he needs.
Funds will be used to pay for his present medical needs as well as his post-operative and rehabilitation care.
As of this writing, the fundraiser has raised $5380, well above its original $2,000 goal. Any monies raised over the kitten’s medical expenses will be donated to the Toronto Humane Society.
The Toronto Star’s story on the kitten’s rescue indicates that Mandi runs Momma Meows Cat Rescue in Oshawa with her mother.