Justin the Fire Survivor Marks 1 Year Anniversary with Special Appearance


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By Karen Harrison Binette


On the one-year anniversary of the tiny kitten being set on fire, Justin the Fire Survivor will visit Animal Alliance to thank fans and those who helped save his life while raising funds for new pet adoption center

-7d919d472b8f9d90LAMBERTVILLE, N.J., April 17, 2014–One year ago, a tiny month-old kitten was intentionally set on fire and left to die on the streets of Philadelphia. Clinging to life, his struggle for survival began when volunteers at Animal Alliance of New Jersey sprang into action to save the kitten’s life. Justin’s story captivated people around the world who learned of his brutal attack through the media and internet. Miraculously, Justin survived, and the feline sensation’s zest for life and commitment to helping others in need continues to inspire and gain him fans globally.

To mark the one-year anniversary, Justin will make a special appearance at Animal Alliance on Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the 1432 Route 179 North location in Lambertville. Justin will thank those who helped save his life, mingle with supporters, and help raise much-needed funds to complete construction of the Robert C. Curts Memorial Pet Adoption Center.

“Justin is truly a miracle kitten and we’re so excited for his visit to Animal Alliance,” said Anne Trinkle, executive director and founder of Animal Alliance. “This will be a wonderful celebration of Justin’s life and an opportunity for people to meet this extraordinary young cat and tour our new adoption facility which is in the final phase of construction.”

Attendees will be able to meet Justin and get “pawtographs,” tour the new Robert C. Curts Memorial Pet Adoption Center, meet pets available for adoption and enjoy refreshments. Justin will also ceremoniously place his paw prints on a plaque that will permanently adorn the interior of the new facility.

“We are so grateful to Animal Alliance for saving Justin’s life and for all of their tireless work on behalf of homeless pets,” said Justin’s caregiver, Kelley Peters. “We hope our visit will help raise awareness for the funds still needed to the complete the new pet adoption center so that they can help even more animals.”

Animal Alliance’s new 2,500-square-foot pet adoption center will allow the nonprofit organization to care for 50 cats and kittens and 25 dogs. Located adjacent to Animal Alliance’s low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic, the center will feature two meet and greet rooms for pets and prospective adopters to interact and become acquainted. Dogs will live comfortably in spacious cabins with glass fronts while cats will enjoy free roaming rooms with windows, perches, trees and tunnels.

The adoption center will also share an on-site veterinarian with the clinic to provide pre-adoption veterinary examinations and consultations. Retail space will allow potential adopters and pet owners in the community to purchase food, supplies and accessories for their pets. For more information about the new pet adoption center and to make a donation, visit www.animalalliancenj.org.


On April 25, 2013, a tiny month-old kitten was intentionally set on fire and left to die on the streets of Philadelphia. Critically injured, Justin’s struggle for survival began when Animal Alliance sprang into action to save his life. He was transported to Crown Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Hospital in Lebanon, NJ, where vets provided weeks of around-the-clock critical care to treat the burns over two-thirds of his one-pound body. His ears were singed off and his tail was scorched and broken, but Justin persevered.

While Philadelphia animal cruelty officials investigated the case and offered a reward for information leading to an arrest, the fragile Justin continued his long road to recovery with a NJ foster family who provided compassionate nursing care and followed a strict regimen of follow-up veterinary visits. Against all odds, Justin triumphed, overcoming his burns and internal complications and inspiring those who followed his progress.

On July 21, 2013, Justin was adopted by an experienced cat lover who showers him with care and attention. Today, Justin’s zest for life and commitment to helping other pets in need continue to inspire and gain him fans globally as they follow his Paw Power adventures on Facebook at Justin, Fire Survivor and on Twitter @JustinSurvivor.

Justin was also recently inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame and received the Hero to Animals Award from the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey.


Animal Alliance is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, volunteer agency that depends on donations to fund its programs such as rescuing pets in immediate danger from a variety of situations. Animal Alliance not only runs a robust pet adoption program, and rehabilitates animals with special needs, but also provides low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services at its “Planned Pethood” clinic for families who cannot otherwise afford this vital service. For more information, call 609-818-1952 or visit Animal Alliance of New Jersey.


See our stories on Justin:

August 11, 2013

Justin Fire Survivor Kitten: Kitty Hide and Seek & Keyboard Rap

April 28, 2013

Burned Kitten is Recovering as PSPCA Seeks Help Finding the Abuser


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3 thoughts on “Justin the Fire Survivor Marks 1 Year Anniversary with Special Appearance”

  1. Justin was meant to survive. He has done so much for other kitties in distress and livened up so many lives & made so many of us happy with his daily pranks & messages!

    Well done Justin, you are a wonderful survivor & so many THANKS go out to your wonderful Mom who took you in & helped you through! xxxxxxx

  2. Had anyone told me I would start the day looking for a cat on Facebook I would have said they were crazy. But it happened – he is the cutest little pumpkin – a reminder that there is so much good and kindness in the world as well as the low life who could be so cruel to a tiny helpless creature.

  3. Sorry I forgot to say thank you to your mum. She has a wonderful sense of humour and brightens our day

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