14-year-old Boy Jumps into Traffic to Save Cat After It's Thrown From a Moving Car March 22 2017, 6 Comments

The terrified tabby clings to the 14-year-old boy who jumped into oncoming traffic to save his life.

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Sunday, February 12th, was a day like any other for Erin Brown as she drove her 14-year-old son, Gavin, to a birthday party. They were on a busy highway overpass when, horrifyingly, the moving vehicle in front of them rolled down a window and carelessly threw a cat onto the highway, directly into the path of oncoming traffic.

Brown slammed on the brakes. They watched, horrified, as the cat scrambled towards the edge of the overpass, shredding its claws as it struggled to grip the rough asphalt.

Gavin jumped from their car the moment it stopped, signaling for oncoming cars to slow down. "Not sure which I'm in more shock of,” Brown said, “The cat being thrown out a window of a moving vehicle … Or my son flying out of my car onto the highway … to rescue a cat."

The 14-year-old risked his life as he darted after the terrified cat as it clung to the side of the overpass. He got there just in time, scooping up the tabby just as it jumped over the edge, pulling it back to safety.

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“He cuddled right into Gavin's arms,” Brown said. “Gavin held him tightly and just kept petting him to show him that we wouldn't hurt him.”

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The traumatized tabby cat was aptly named Lucky and taken to BluePearl Animal Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Lucky was breathing heavily, badly bruised and his claws had been torn off from the rough pavement.

Gavin was by Lucky’s side every step of the way as he underwent treatment. “Gavin was not letting go of his new baby,” Brown said. “The bond was instant.”

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A Good Samaritan discovered their story through Facebook and offered to cover a large portion of Lucky’s medical expenses. Overwhelmed, Gavin also offered all the money he had, a grand total of $63, to help pay for Lucky’s rescue. “My heart just swelled with gratitude," Brown said, no doubt proud of such a compassionate son. 


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Lucky is making a full recovery in the care of his new family and enjoying his new forever home, becoming “the sweetest” cat Brown has met so far.


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“He is so mellow and playful and just plain loveable,” Brown said. “Lucky is well aware that Gavin saved him, and their bond is one I just can’t describe.”

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Gavin has always been a big-hearted animal lover with dreams of becoming a veterinarian; Lucky’s rescue has inspired him to make that dream a reality.


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And if you're inspired by Gavin's brave actions, you can help kitties in need by donating to a local shelter, like the Humane Society.

Meowingtons has partnered with the Humane Society of Broward County in efforts to provide as many kitties as possible with forever homes! 




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Written By: Cortney Licata

[ h/t to Shareably & LoveMeow - Images by Erin Brown via LoveMeow ]