St Albans community rally to help kitten thrown out of moving car window

PUBLISHED: 10:18 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:38 28 September 2018

Joanne with Arthur. Picture: Quadrant Pet Supplies

Joanne with Arthur. Picture: Quadrant Pet Supplies


Cat lovers in St Albans have rallied to help a kitten who was thrown from the window of a moving car.

Workman saw a tiny six-week-old cat being flung from a vehicle on Monday, September 24 at about 3pm and rushed to help the little feline.

They took the kitten, now christened Arthur, to Marshalswick Veterinary Surgery at The Quadrant - he had a damaged ankle ligament and a grazed face.

Head veterinary nurse at the practice, Julie Tuvey, said: “Unfortunately, people do these things, people do dump animals. We see that once every couple of months.”

The incident happened too quickly for the workman to take down a number plate.

Julie continued: “We were all traumatised when the workmen brought him in, it is horrible - we were worried for the kitten. The kitten may lose its little leg - we will have to see if it recovers.”

Hearing the news, owner of nearby Quadrant Pet Supplies Joanne Young appealed on a Facebook St Albans Cat Owners group to find Arthur a new home.

Within minutes her phone was ringing off the hook and within just two days, a willing fosterer had been found at a rescue in Welwyn Garden City.

Overwhelmed by the positive feedback, Joanne has now started fund raising to pay for Arthur’s ongoing medical bills - receiving more than £100 in donations over 24 hours.

Joanne said: “When I heard, I just thought ‘I can’t believe there are people in this world who would do something so heinous to something so tiny’.

“How anyone can do this is beyond me. He is so lucky to have survived.”

Kittens should not be separated from their mother before they reach eight weeks old because it can cause social and health issues.

Joanne added: “I was overwhelmed that for all the heinous horrible people, on the other side of the coin, there are such lovely people who will offer their homes and help.

“That is heartwarming.”

Arthur, who is currently very timid and shy, is being monitored in a stable condition.

To donate and help Arthur back on his feet, visit

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