GARDEN CITY, Idaho – The community is rallying around a small kitten after she was found abused physically and with chemicals.
Eileen DeShazo is the director of operations for the Northwest Animal Companions’ Clinic. The clinic has been responsible for the kitten’s care.
Raisin the kitten was found by Danielle Stem on Thursday, being kicked around by teenage boys. Stem took Raisin to the vet, where
she was found to have chemical burns in her eyes, mouth and throat.
Sunday, Raisin’s prognosis was a little brighter.
“She’s fighting,” DeShazo said in a phone interview Sunday. “She’s definitely fighting.”
DeShazo said Raisin is staying with an experienced foster family. The family told DeShazo that Raisin has now been able to open her eyes and sit up on her own. She’s also been able to take food from a syringe when before she was on a feeding tube.
It is unknown yet if Raisin will be blind. She is being made comfortable with pain medication. DeShazo said she is confident that Raisin will be able to “live a normal, happy, healthy life.”
Donations for Raisin have been pouring in according to DeShazo. She said since Raisin is stable, many people are specifying that their donation should go toward a reward fund for information about Raisin’s attackers that leads to their arrest and conviction. If you would like to donate for Raisin, you can do so at either of the Northwest Animal Companions’ locations at 4983 N. Glenwood in
Garden City or at the corner of Fairview and Five Mile.
DeShazo said that Stem will be filing a police report about what she saw Thursday. The Northwest Animal Companions’ Clinic has put up $2,500 for the reward fund and donations are making it grow. If you have information on Raisin’s case or would like to get an update on her condition, you can call 429-6600 ext. 8.
Many people have also been calling about adopting Raisin.
“It’s a case of when and if,” DeShazo said. “It’s day by day now. But we will probably hold a lottery for her adoption.”
DeShazo also stressed that there were several other animals that needed “forever homes.”
“You save a life when you adopt,” she said.