Rescuers say Wilson has been shy, but kept a positive attitude throughout his treaPhoto courtesy of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

The Animal Rescue League of Boston took him in after an injury from an illegal metal trap. Now they’re asking you to take him home.

It’s been a long several weeks for Wilson, an orange and white stray now in the care of the ARL. A Westport resident found the injured 6-year-old cat in late May, his paw jammed in the jaws of a hunter’s trap.

Rescuers at Mass-RI Veterinary ER animal hospital in Swansea treated Wilson’s swollen limb, and they said he is on the way to a full recovery.


“Fortunately, Wilson’s injuries were much less severe than they could have been,” Dr. Erin Doyle, the ARL’s lead shelter veterinarian, said in a press release. “His right front leg and paw will return to normal function.”


“Leg hold traps” like the one that injured Wilson’s paw are illegal limb-grabbing devices considered inhumane because of the way they can crack animals’ bones, maiming or even killing them.

Though it isn’t common, the ARL has previously cared for a few animals injured in traps, said shelter spokesperson Ami Bowen. Many end up losing legs, she said.

“It’s hard to say [Wilson] was lucky, because I think it was incredibly painful, but he’s recovering and has been able to keep his leg,” Bowen said.

After the ordeal, he is still a little shy, but rescuers say Wilson has kept up a great attitude during his treatment. He has made a big impression on Doyle, the veterinarian said.

“Wilson is a super sweet cat,” Doyle said. “Through all the time I’ve spent with him handling his injured paw, he hasn’t grumbled a bit.”

As of Monday afternoon, Wilson was still available for adoption. To learn more about him, and how you can take him home, visit the ARL website or give them a call at 617-426-9170.

Have any information about Wilson or the leg trap that injured him? Contact the Westport Police Department at 508-636-1122.

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