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Happy ending: Haverhill man gives injured cat a home for the holidays

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Nicholas Zweig makes friends with Samosa at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Samosa — a young cat rescued by a Lawrence woman two weeks ago after being struck by a car — has found a new home. And she even has her own room.

Nicholas Zweig, 38, picked Samosa up from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter at Nevins Farm in Methuen on Saturday. He brought her back to his Haverhill home, where he outfitted his guest room as a “cat rehab center” to aid Samosa in her recovery.

“I didn’t think I would ever be that person,” Zweig said with a laugh. But when he heard about her situation, he couldn’t resist. “I felt so bad, imagining her recovering from all those surgeries in a cage,” he said.

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Samosa, estimated to be around 3 or 4 years old, sustained a complicated fracture in her elbow as well as a fractured pelvis. Her MSPCA-Angell veterinarians think the injury was sustained almost a week before Rumairie Cabrera found Samosa — injured, hungry, and cold — hiding under her porch steps in Lawrence. Cabrera cared for Samosa overnight, and then brought her to Nevins Farm.

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Per doctor’s orders, Samosa is now recovering in Zweig’s rehab room, with no furniture that could cause further injury. Zweig, who works as a recruiting manager at a dialysis company, isn’t squirmish coaxing Samosa through her recovery. Just over a year ago, he nursed his previous cat, Isabella, through her final months as she experienced kidney failure.

After the new year, Samosa will be allowed to explore the rest of her new home. But for now, Zweig has been spending his free time in her room.

“If I’m in that room, she’s either touching me or on top of me,” Zweig said. He moved a mattress and a TV in the room so he could spend more time with her. “She lays on my legs, but makes sure her head dangles off to actually watch the TV.”

Zweig will bring Samosa to the MSPCA on Tuesday to get her stitches out, and hopefully remove the pesky cone that keeps her from licking her wounds as they heal. While they’re in Methuen, he’ll sign some paperwork, and make the adoption official. He said he hopes Samosa’s story encourages others to consider adopting older, less traditionally “desirable” pets.

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“I’ve never in my life adopted a kitten, and I’ve had the most amazing little friends,” Zweig said. “Really, just the sweetest animals you can dream of.”

Laura Elyse King can be reached at laura.king@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauraelyseking.