The Massachusetts police officer was compelled to stop when he saw the feline on the roadway

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 20, 2016 04:36 PM
Credit: MSPCA-Angell

Massachusetts state trooper James Richardson could have kept on driving, but something made him stop.

The police officer was in his cruiser last Tuesday when he spotted a feline injured on the side of the road inside Boston’s Callahan tunnel, according to a post on the MSPCA-Angell website.

“I saw the cat injured and lying motionless inside the tunnel next to the road and it was clear he’d been struck by a car and needed help,” Richardson said in a statement. “We all love and root for animals and there was no way I was going to leave him — I’m really glad he’s now in safe hands.”

The 5-year-old cat, who is now named Callahan, arrived at the MSPCA-Angell shelter in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood dirty and scared, but was still very friendly to staff there.

“It always amazes me that cats can survive these kinds of strikes,” said Dr. Cindi Cox, head shelter veterinarian. “Fortunately his pelvic fractures aren’t severe enough to require surgery; they’ll heal with about six weeks of cage-rest and I expect his balance will improve once his head trauma resolves.”

The cat will be placed in a foster home until he recovers, at which point he’ll be up for adoption (if you’re interested, contact the adoption center at for more info).

The shelter’s staff, said adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger, couldn’t be more proud of trooper Richardson’s actions.

“He’s a hero to us and certainly to Callahan,” she said in a statement.