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When it comes to lending a hand to a furry friend in need, there is nothing an animal lover wouldn’t do. We’ve seen compassionate people rescue nearly dead wolvesfirefighters help an unconscious kitten in a smoke-filled house, and so many other amazing feats. So it’s no surprise that animal lovers stepped in to help a cat who had the misfortune of getting an aluminum can stuck on his head.

A concerned citizen spotted the cat, who was aptly named Tinhead, and immediately called the Galway SPCA for help.

Despite not being able to see, Tinhead proved hard to capture. The cat had been on the run for more than a week before he was rescued.

“Luckily, his can was dented so he could get air and didn’t suffocate. The probability is that this cat was dumped on the secluded rural laneway where he was finally caught by a member of staff [on Tuesday morning],” said a spokesperson for the Galway SPCA.

Once safe at the shelter, staff managed to pry the tin can off, letting him breathe and see freely for the first time since the unfortunate accident. 

Tinhead is currently recovering at the Galway SPCA, where he has been microchipped, neutered, and treated for trauma.



Galway SPCA believes Tinhead was a pet because he didn’t put up a fight when he was caught. Sadly, abandonment is one of the top reasons animals end up in the shelter system. We are so glad that Tinhead is safe now and hope that he gets the chance to enjoy a forever family deserving of his greatness.

For more information on how you can help end pet homelessness, click here. And remember to always adopt and never shop for pets!

All image Source: Galway SPCA/Irish Mirror