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Man looking for cat's family after rescuing it from accident

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Henry Clay Boulevard is a pretty busy place at 8:30 in the morning. Ben Allen was driving along there about that time Wednesday morning, when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. 

"The cat just jumped right out in front of the car. He had nowhere else to go. I pretty much knew I was going to hit him," Allen said.

That cat, he said, looked just like his and he was only a block from his house. 

"Cars were still going so I waited for the right moment and I just grabbed him. I basically just pulled him out and put him right on the leaves. You know, he was really scared so he hissed at me a couple of times," he said.

When he got a closer look, he knew it wasn't his cat Lucy, but that didn't matter. 

"I just grabbed him and threw him in the van and went on to the vet," he said.

A vet told him there were two options-costly surgery, or he could put the cat down. 

"It didn't make any sense if he had a chance to just let him go," he said.

After he got the cat taken care of, Allen posted its picture to a Lost and Found Pets of Lexington Facebook group. He wants to find this cat's family and reunite them. That post took off. 

"It's just amazing. Everybody on there is doing the right thing," Allen said.

24 hours after the accident, after surgery to the cat's jaw and treatment for a broken pelvis, he's doing a lot better today. 

"I mean, he looks good!" Allen said as he walked into the Chevy Chase Animal Clinic to see the cat today.

The bill for all that care will cost several hundred dollars, but that doesn't matter to Allen.

"I know it was the right thing to do," Allen said.

And in the end, it may not cost him anything. That post that got hundreds of shares has led to nearly two hundred dollars and counting in donations to the cat's vet bill. Many from people who don't know Allen.

"Thanks for doing the right thing," a man told Allen.

He'll take the cat home tomorrow to help him recover and if no owner comes forward, he may just keep him around. 

"Get some rest, buddy. I'll see you tomorrow," Allen said as he left the cat for the evening.

If you know who the cat belongs to, you can leave a comment on the "Lost and Found Pets of Lexington, KY" Facebook page. If you'd like to donate to the cat's vet bill, contact Chevy Chase Animal Clinic. Links to both are on the right side of this article.

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