Justin Burned Kitten Graduates to Foster Care

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Photo via Animal Alliance of New Jersey at Facebook


Justin, the then-five week old kitten found on fire in a Philadelphia neighborhood in April reached a milestone in his recovery this week when he was released from Crown Veterinary Specialists into foster care. Justin is in care with Kelly Vanasse and her family. Kelly is an Animal Alliance volunteer who has fostered about fifteen animals for the group and has experience caring for burn victims.

The outpouring of support and concern for Justin  continues, and Animal Alliance executive director Anne Trinkle said the group has received over $20k in donations since Justin came into their care and his story became known.

A feature today at NJ.com includes new video with Justin and his foster caregiver, seen below, and an update on the investigation into the case. Justin was doused with an accelerant and intentionally set afire. The surveillance video that investigators hoped would help identify the abuser did not show the incident, but instead only showed Justin staggering up to the front of the convenience store where the camera was mounted, according to PSPCA dirctor of law enforcement, George Bengal.

As of today, the reward for information on the case was increased to $6,ooo. The incident occurred on April 25 at at the intersection of F and Clearfield streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

For our earlier stories on Justin, click HERE.


4 thoughts on “Justin Burned Kitten Graduates to Foster Care”

  1. Very happy this little guy is doing well and in foster care. Hope his abuser(s) is caught and dealt with accordingly. God Bless the man who rescued him. I love you Justin!

  2. Oh how sweet that this kitty got adopted! I hope this person will love and care for it as I did my last one whose name was Pooky. She was about 10 years old and I think about her still. My husband made her a little box to put her in, and I found some white satin and lined the box. She would have requested that, if she had been able to speak.

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