Valiente Burned Kitty is Adopted

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A young cat who was cruelly abused earlier this year is recovered enough from her injuries to be released for adoption. Valiente will live with a volunteer who has visited her nearly every day since she came into the care of the Humane Society of Pensacola.

A couple saw the young cat, estimated to be about 6 months old at the time, limping around their Pensacola, FL neighborhood on Saturday, March 16 and brought her to the Pensacola Humane Society for help. She had been doused with an accelerant and set on fire, with her legs bound together using zip ties. She was determined to have been terrorized and then left hobbling around with her injuries for a month before she was found and rescued.  Lacerations on her side, and her burnt fur, made it clear that she had been lit on fire. Valiente’s fur had the feel of melted plastic, her skin was stretched tight, her ears were melted and shriveled, and her whiskers were gone.

Valiente received her medical care with Dr. Mark Sprayberry and the staff at Olive Branch Animal Hospital, and received love, attention and daily care from staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Pensacola.

Valiente is mostly healed, except for a burn on her back. She was cleared for adoption this past week, and has gone to her forever home with Humane Society of Pensacola volunteer Marci Douglas, who has visited her nearly every day since March.

Humane Society Managing Director Sarah Humlie says that Marcie was the perfect adopter for Valiente, telling the Pensacola News Journal, “From the moment we got her, Marci came every day, spending an hour or more with Valiente. She played with her and cuddled her. They were already connected, so it made sense.”

Valiente will continue to see Dr. Sprayberry of Olive Branch Pet Hospital for weekly checkups until she is fully healed. Her ears and eyes will remain misshapen but she will be otherwise completely healed.

Marci and others from the humane society talk about Valiente on her adoption day in the video below, as she heads to her new home.


For more on Valiente, see our earlier stories, Cat Found Bound and Burned is Recovering from March 20, and Burned Kitty Valiente Recovers as $1k Reward is Offered to Find Her Tormenters from March 27. Despite an investigation and a reward, Valiente’s abuser has not been found.




2 thoughts on “Valiente Burned Kitty is Adopted”

  1. I sure hope the person that did this to her sees her and sees that they did not win! poor child is blessed. so glad she has a new mummy! people are sure as hell vermin!

  2. What the heck is wrong with people? Who would do something as horrible as that? Thank goodness she now has a home for good full of caring people.

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