LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Animal Foundation rescued a 4-week-old kitten that was pulled from a dumpster fire around May 3.
The foundation named the kitten Savannah, and she has been treated for her burns and provided other care under the stewardship of Pet Health near the corner of Desert Inn and Decatur Boulevard, and one of the veterinary assistants at the facility fell in love with the little fighter who wouldn't quit.
"I just saw this thing," Alex Reyes said. "Actually, I didn't know what it was at first."
Reyes said Savannah's burns were extensive and Clark County officials kept a close eye on her recovery periodically sending updates through Twitter.
Great work by our #ClarkCounty Animal Protection Services and @animalfndlv teaming up to help a 4 week old kitten pulled from a dumpster fire. She’s been named Savannah. After burn treatment, time in an incubator and food, she’s gone to a foster home for rest and recovery. #Vegas pic.twitter.com/Q9tE5DyqbB— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) May 3, 2022
Reyes said he and other care givers at Pet Health cared for Savannah around the clock as she could barely do anything, including eat and breathe, without their assistance.
"Yeah, we had to make her poop," he said. "Everything."
#GoodNews this Sunday. Update on Savannah, a Las #Vegas kitten rescued from a dumpster fire. We told you her story a few weeks ago. The @animalfndlv says she's healing great, is playful and loves attention. She has some scars from her burns but should have a happy, normal life! https://t.co/a3tiEra99W pic.twitter.com/SyLqlTzf1o— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) May 29, 2022
Now, after weeks of helping Savannah fight for survival, the kitten has been deemed healthy enough for adoption, and Reyes said he knew the strong girl would be coming home with him, scarred ears, nose, and all.
"It just makes her, you know? You'll never find another cat with half ears or a fake nose as we call it," he said. "I think it makes her look cute and different."
With the help of the Animal Foundation and his colleagues, Reyes said Savannah's story of triumph over the odds sends the message that it's always worth fighting for animals in need.
"No matter what injury they can always come back," he said. "Every animal deserves a second chance and she definitely got hers, and we're going to make the best of it."
The Animal Foundation is gearing up for a rush of "found animals" as Las Vegas approaches the July 4 weekend.
Anyone interested in helping them with donations or volunteering can visit their website here.