STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — A cat named Calvin has used up three of his nine lives in the past week, and now has a police chief to thank for saving his life.

Calvin was hit by a car recently in Stillwater Township and somebody nearly ended his life at the scene, figuring he wouldn’t survive the crash.

Instead, Stillwater Police Chief John Gannaway took Calvin to an animal hospital in Maplewood and that’s where he used another of his nine lives. Calvin avoided euthanasia. The feline is now with Caring for Cats in North St. Paul, where he’s received plenty of donated medical care.

Calvin is being treated for a broken femur in his left rear leg. Dr. Houston Clinch said he had a surgeon put two pins above and below the break, and a bar on the outside of the leg connecting everything. It’s protected by a large, foam wrap.

“It will take about two months for him to recuperate completely, I would imagine,” Clinch said.

LaNay Sanford, who works at Caring for Cats, said Calvin is a highly adoptable, “awesome” cat, which is why he was rescued by three different organizations.

“He’s very special, he’s very friendly, even with everything he’s gone through,” Sanford said.

Calvin also has a bad left eye that most likely ruptured when he was hit by the car. Sanford said the cat seems like he is real young, very friendly and very outgoing.

“He wants all kinds of love and affection, and right now wants his food,” Sanford said.

There are lessons to be learned from Calvin’s experience for pet owners. First off, Sanford said, get your animal spayed and neutered. Second: Don’t let cats roam outdoors.

“They’re great indoors, trust me,” Sanford said.

Calvin was also treated for an upper respiratory infection and was neutered. He should be ready for adoption in two to three months.

Comments (2)
  1. Kathryn Browning says:

    What a wonderful story-everybody wins.

  2. julie anderson says:

    i will be in mpls in june. i am really interested in adopting calvin we live in grand rapids,mn my # 218-256-2432 we just lost our cat belle not quite a year ago. she was 20 years old. i will wait for your call thank you so much
    julie anderson

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