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Natalie Needs Your Help to Heal From Severe Burns

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UPDATE 3/28/2016: Natalie has made amazing progress since arriving at our Alex Lewyt Medical Center in January. The burns on her head and tail have completely healed, and the larger burns on her back will soon be a distant memory. This sweet girl has been through a lot in her young life but she remains a loveable feline who just loves to be around people and get a good belly rub. In fact, Natalie has made such wonderful progress that she has now been cleared for adoption! If you're interested in making Natalie a part of your family, please contact Tara Guclu at 516-883-7900, ext. 352 or

Extensive burns down her back and on the base of her tail. Scars from older wounds covering her head, neck and paws. Suffering this type of extensive trauma is no way for any creature to go through life, but it is a reality for 3-year-old Natalie.

The beautiful silver tabby was rescued by North Shore Animal League America from Manhattan’s Animal Care & Control earlier this week after the AC&C sent out an alert about an injured cat in need. So, when our Off-Site Rescue Team got word of the suffering cat in need of emergency medical attention, they sprang into action. Once transported back to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus, she was carefully examined by staff veterinarian, Dr. Sylvia Nagy and other members of the medical staff inside of our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center.

“She has extensive wounds, which appear to be burn scalding. She has other wounds that are older and healed, so it’s possible she has suffered multiple traumas at different points of her life,” said Dr. Nagy.

Along with the unsightly wounds covering her body, Natalie was suffering from an elevated temperature likely caused by pain and the stress of being scared and displaced. Despite her condition, Natalie displayed a super friendly demeanor, not wasting any opportunities to roll over and receive endless belly rubs from her new friends.

“We rescued her so we can alleviate her symptoms, treat her wounds and hopefully find her a loving home. In order for her wounds to heal she’ll require several weeks of treatment and it’ll likely take several months for the fur to completely grow back. She has a long road ahead of her, but she’s certainly in good hands here,” said Dr. Nagy.

How can you help Natalie get well? Your donation to Animal League America’s one-of-a-kind Help Me Heal Program will provide this petite cat with the medical treatment and nurturing she needs to recover from her injuries and live a happy, and most importantly, a healthy life. It’s the power of your giving that provides Natalie and all of the other homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens just like her with a second chance at life. Please donate today.

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