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Cat survives traumatic car crash with help from Boise animal shelter

Simply Cats Executive Director Patty Cuteler said she was driving to the shelter one day, when she saw a cat lying on the side of the road. (Courtesy of Simply Cats)

A small cat is on a big journey to recovery thanks to the work of a local animal shelter.

Simply Cats Executive Director Patty Cuteler said she was driving to the shelter one day, when she saw a cat lying on the side of the road.

"So, I stopped and got out of the car to look at the cat,” Cuteler said. “And, honestly, I thought he had passed."

But, the cat, later named Crash, still had a few more lives left.

"He actually bolted when I put the towel around him and ran under my car,” Cuteler said.

Cuteler said her first instinct was to drive him to Simply Cats.

"I was so shocked that I don't know if there was much emotion other than oh my gosh I have to get him,” Cuteler said. “I can't let him be injured and running around."

Once there, Cat Care Program Manager Tara Murray took a closer look.

"We did see that he had a proptosed eyeball which means the eye has actually popped out of the eye socket,” Murray said. “He had significant head trauma, blood coming from the mouth. And, was just not breathing well."

They decided that Crash needed to be moved to a nearby clinic.

Murray said she wasn't sure he'd make it.

"In the beginning stages, you could hear him crying a little bit, but, by the time I got there it was quiet,” Murray said.

But, Crash once again pulled through.

He was stabilized at the clinic and the vet determined that Crash had a broken jaw and had fractured one of his legs.

Wire was used to realign his jaw and pins were placed in his leg.

"Ultimately, Crash went through the equivalent of probably five to six surgeries in a very short amount of time,” Murray said.

The employees at Simply Cats were thrilled with the news that Crash was recovering.

"Once he recovered from the surgeries and made it through the anesthesia, you know, we were all breathing sighs of relief, I think, at that point,” Cuteler said.

Crash spends a majority of his time now doing physical therapy and enjoying his new life.

"All of us here have gotten pretty attached to him and my staff really would like to see him be our shelter cat,” Cuteler said.

Cuteler added that, as long as Crash seems happy with them, he’ll become a permanent greeter at Simply Cats’ door.

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