A good name! Anne Levin follows in Steve Levin’s footsteps, saves injured cat from BQE

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A Brooklyn Heights animal lover named Anne Levin saved an injured cat huddled on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Tuesday — making her the second Levin to save a distressed feline from the roadway in recent years, after Councilman Steve Levin made a similarly heroic effort in 2015.

The pair are not related, but are nevertheless united in their passion for keeping cats safe and off busy interstates, she said.

“He seems to be a very strong supporter of animal welfare,” said Anne Levin, who is president of animal-activist group the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, best known for running the Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue.

Anne Levin bravely ditched her car underneath the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in evening rush-hour traffic while hunting for the distressed mouser after receiving a tip-off — easier said than done, because the forlorn furball was in such bad shape that it just looked like a pile of trash, she said.

“She looked like debris because she was so wet and huddled against the brick,” said Anne Levin.

She eventually spotted the animal and was able to wrap a towel around it and get it into a carrier, while peak-hour motorists politely gave the pair a wide berth.

“Everyone was being really understanding and no one was honking, they just quietly went around us,” Anne Levin said.

She immediately brought the furball — now named “Suzy BQE” — to the Park Slope Veterinary Center, where doctors found the cat’s fur had been scraped off her tail and feet, injuries probably sustained after being dragged underneath a car.

Really, the 1-year-old puss is lucky to be alive, Anne Levin said.

“Of all the things that could have potentially happened, she’s very fortunate,” she said. “She’d been out there awhile, she was pretty cold.”

Loretta, the cat rescued by Steve Levin (D–Boerum Hill), was equally beat up — he found it bullet-ridden and pregnant on a Williamsurg stretch of the roadway.

Vets will need to amputate Suzy BQE’s mutilated tail eventually, but she isn’t yet strong enough for the surgery.

The cat will go up for adoption once she is fully recovered, and Anne Levin is banking on finding a safe home where she’ll have many more of her nine lives left to live.

“We’re hoping to find her a home where she’ll stay off freeways,” she said.

But in the meantime, Suzy BQE’s surgery will cost up to $1,000 and the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition is currently taking donations to help pay for the procedure.

Those interesting in giving money can e-mail

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Eric from Park Slope says:
Well done, Anne Levin!
March 30, 2017, 1:31 pm
Erik from Park Slope says:
Wait, she claims to have been there when at the very same time an "Anne Levin" was arrested for speeding Los Angeles! Was she in two places at once, or is she just lying?
March 30, 2017, 2:30 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
this is major news......
March 30, 2017, 4:07 pm
Harrison from Flatbush says:
Stopping on a busy highway puts human lives at risk. This is an egotistical action, not a kind one. She felt like doing something and was unable to process the consequences of her actions. It could be because she doesn't consider other people, or because she values one stray cat over the potential problems she'd cause for an unknown number of people. She should have called animal control who could have handled it professionally.
March 31, 2017, 3:53 am
Franklin from Cobble Hill says:
Steve Levin was wonderful to save that cat. Why didn't he save the Brooklyn Heights library?
March 31, 2017, 6:41 pm
Mary from Bay Ridge says:
Oh Harrison from Flatbush.. Thank you Anne for saving this poor unfortunate. She must have been terrified and thanks to your kindness is in a good place now... The only thing that happened here was a sad, scared creature was saved but Harrison from Flatbush is annoyed about the bad things that could of happened ( that didn't happen..) come on buddy, loosen up and be thankful for the kindness of our fellow a little, peace out a bit.. it will do your heart good..
April 1, 2017, 12:55 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Cash me outside, how bow cat ?
April 2, 2017, 6:32 am
Jesus Christ from The New Testament says:
What you do for the least of these, you do for Me.
April 3, 2017, 2:51 am
Tootie from Staten Island says:
Last comenter - you think cats are the least of us? Are they less than bugs? Should she stop on the highway everytime there's a bug in danger? Would that please you? Do you think cats at the least and therefore worst? Do you hate cats? Why do you hate cats? Are you too good for them? (you're not, but maybe they're too good for you)
April 3, 2017, 5:24 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
If you don't mind my saying so, I'd like to stress that this is a particularly well done job, especially considering the history of the "topic". Kudos to this woman, who seems to have put all jealousy, hurt feelings and pride aside in the name of saving this cat.
John Wasserman/Animal Lover/Patriot
April 4, 2017, 3:40 pm

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