Happy Ending for Boston Calico Dumped in Mailbox


After hours spent with letters and packages raining down upon her, a frightened calico kitten, weighing just two pounds, was discovered in a streetside mailbox by a postman in Boston last weekend. A woman who witnessed the discovery brought the kitten to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals where the cat was nourished back to health and named “Postina.”

Despite her ordeal, Postina is friendly and has adjusted well to her temporary home at the shelter. Initially, she was a bit shy about meeting reporters in the MSPCA lobby, but she quickly adjusted to the spotlight.

“She obviously is a very forgiving cat, regardless of how she has been treated in the past,” said Brian Adams, the MSPCA spokesperson.

About 10 calls an hour have been coming in from people anxious to adopt Postina. The MSPCA hopes this leads to more adoptions of other cats in their care. Tomorrow is the deadline to apply to adopt Postina, though hundreds of other cats are available.

Adams points out that pet owners in Boston who need to surrender their pets can do so for free at the MSPCA. They also offer low cost veterinary services, like spaying and neutering for as little as $50.

The MSPCA is asking anyone with information about Postina’s abandonment to call its law enforcement department at 617-522-6008 or 800-628-5808. Animal abandonment is a felony crime with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

For a video report of the story, click here.

[LINK: Boston Globe. Photo by MSPCA]

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