MSPCA-Angell Rescues Homeless Kittens Born without Eyelids

Anna wraps her paws around her sister Elsa as both are evaluated by Dr. Coster.

Anna wraps her paws around her sister Elsa as both are evaluated by Dr. Coster. Credit: MSPCA-Angell

Two scared and dirty kittens born without eyelids were pulled from a drainage pipe and rushed to the MSPCA-Angell in late August and are now awaiting sight-saving surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, the organization announced today.

The 10-week-old kittens—now named “Anna” and “Elsa”—were rescued by a good Samaritan from a construction site in Dorchester. The kittens were born without upper eyelids, a rare congenital condition known as Agenesis. To save their eyesight, Angell Ophthalmologist Dr. Martin Coster will attach tissue from their lower lips to the muscles that enable them to blink which, in effect, reconstructs the missing lids.

The operation is similar to the one Dr. Coster performed on a kitten named “Phil,” whose story of recovery from Agenesis made headlines around the world last December.

Donations Sought

The surgery is expected to cost over $2,000 and will be paid for by Spike’s Fund, a fund that pays the medical care costs of homeless animals in the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center. That fund, owing to the dozens of dogs, cats and other animals surrendered this past summer requiring expensive medical care, is nearly depleted.

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“Any donations we raise will be used to offset the costs of Anna and Elsa’s surgery and to administer ongoing veterinary care for animals like them,” said MSPCA-Angell adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger. “We’re hopeful that those who support our good work will keep doing so, so we can continue going above and beyond for the animals in our care.”

The surgery is scheduled to take place the week of Oct. 5, now that the kittens have reached two pounds.

Without the surgery, constant irritation brought on by dry and itchy eyes could lead to ulceration and, eventually, complete blindness for both kittens. “We’re pulling out all the stops for Anna and Elsa so that they can enjoy a long and healthy life in an adoptive home,” said Krieger.

The kittens will require several weeks of rest and recovery. The MSPCA-Angell will announce their availability for adoption when the time draws near. In the meantime, anyone interested in adopting the pair can email for more information about the adoption process.

For more information about Angell Animal Medical Center’s Ophthalmology (and other) specialty services, click here.

Elsa (front) and Anna (rear) arrive for their pre-surgery evaluation.


Elsa (front) and Anna (rear) arrive for their pre-surgery evaluation.

Angell's Dr. Martin Coster evaluates Elsa before her surgery.


Angell’s Dr. Martin Coster evaluates Elsa before her surgery.


  • PAUL

    Nice fluff piece for the MSPCA. We called them once to let them know about a cat stuck way up in a tree. “We can’t help with that.” Nobody wanted to call the fire dept either because we didn’t want anyone to get stuck with a bill. Some random brave soul took a ladder way up to the tree and dragged kitty down. Thanks for nothing, MSPCA.

    • zaprowsdower

      Well, they can’t help with that. Why didn’t you call animal control?

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