ARL Rescues Cat Trapped in Drain in Roxbury

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Photo courtesy of The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL). A black cat, dubbed "Louie" was found in a drain in Roxbury and rescued by ARL on Thursday this week.

Thanks to The Animal Rescue League of Boston for sharing its news with Westwood Minute.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is currently caring for a cat who needed to be rescued after becoming trapped in a drain outside of an apartment in Roxbury. The cat has shown signs of possible ownership, and ARL is actively looking to see if the animal has gone missing from a nearby residence.

On the afternoon of Thursday, September 15, ARL’s Field Services hotline received a call that a cat had been discovered trapped in a drain along 12 Cleaves St. in Roxbury, and was unable to free itself from the predicament. An ARL Field Services agent responded immediately to the scene, and upon arrival could hear the cat meowing loudly from the drain.

Photo courtesy of The Animal Rescue League of Boston. "Louie" was found crying, trapped in a drainage area that was covered by a grate, on Thursday.

The agent was able to remove the grate from the drain, and when reaching in to wrangle the cat, he seemingly knew that help had arrived and allowed himself to be handled and removed from the situation.

Once the cat was removed from the drain and safely secured, he was transported to ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center to undergo a veterinary exam and settle into his new, and hopefully temporary surroundings.

Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue League of Boston. "Louie" was given a veterinary exam after his ordeal of being trapped in a drain.

The approximately 5-year-old cat, dubbed “Louie”, was found to be in good health and was not wearing a collar and is not microchipped. Given his friendliness, ARL is concerned that he may be missing from his home and is asking anyone who may recognize him to contact ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center at 617-426-9170 x605.

Founded in 1899, ARL provides veterinary care, adoption, and rescue services as a champion for animals in need; while also confronting the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through innovative community programs, police investigations, and public advocacy. In 2021, ARL served over 23,000 animals throughout Massachusetts. 



Image from video, courtesy of The Animal Rescue League of Boston. For the video of "Louie" being pulled from the drain by an ARL staff member, visit @WestwoodMinute on Twitter.
Photo courtesy of The Animal Rescue League of Boston. Pictured is a view of the drain (from above) where "Louie" was found, in need of rescue.
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