Kitten Found with Paws Frozen to Fence Seeks New Home

Ralphie is enjoying the warmth and comfort of his temporary foster home after he was rescued from the streets

Ralphie is enjoying the warmth and comfort of his temporary foster home after he was rescued from the streets

A homeless kitten found in Dorchester with his front paws frozen to the metal wire of a neighborhood fence is on the mend and will soon be placed for adoption at the MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain.

A good Samaritan, who heard the kitten’s cries from inside his house on March 7, used warm water to free the frightened feline’s legs from the fence before rushing him to the Emergency & Critical Care Unit at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center.

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.

Anyone interested in adopting Ralphie can email adoption@mspca.org for more information about the adoption process.