Comeback cat: Marshmallow, the wee kitten found badly tortured in an Ephrata garbage can, is on the mend.
The cat, discovered at 2-1/2 weeks old Feb. 24 when a passerby heard his mews from the alley trash receptacle, suffered major burns to his head that were obviously intentional. His ears were burned away and his face was spotted with other burn marks, probably from a lit cigarette. Two of his littermates, also males, were found in another garbage can nearby.
“They’re all three doing really good,” Cami Life, head of Wenatchee’s Kitty Rescue, reported Friday.
Now almost seven weeks old, Marshmallow remains in a foster home in Wenatchee, where his caregiver has weaned him from bottle feeding and moved him to kibble and canned food. His ears are healing — though they’ll never resemble a common cat’s ears again — and the hair has started to grow back on his face.
“He’s playing and he’s being a regular kitty,” Life said.
His siblings, since named Oscar (after the Grouch … get it?) and Puff, are being fostered in Cashmere. Marshmallow, who’s received special care to keep his scarred ears from closing over their canals, goes back for a checkup with veterinarian Bryan Keppler next week.
All will be put up for adoption after reaching eight weeks — and Life said she has a long list of people who volunteered to take Marshmallow in after his rescue.
Condemned to repeat it? Wenatchee’s Public Services Center looked to history to promote the benefits of city planning in its most recent annual report. The publication opens with an image of the city’s famous “Shacktown,” the tumbledown 60-acre complex where Wenatchee’s poor made semi-permanent homes out of temporary dwellings.
“Notice the lack of roads or orderly development,” the report reads. “The outhouses on the river bank and old car bodies all represent blight.”
But the author goes on to note the Pipeline Bridge in the background, which carries irrigation water from Chelan to Douglas County and serves as a pedestrian path across the Columbia River. “The bridge is proof that quality and well thought out infrastructure stands the test of time, providing invaluable benefit to a community.”
The Shacktown community was burned to the ground in 1945 by order of Mayor Jack Rogers. Today, the site is part of the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.
See it on the radio: Northwest Public Radio reporter Jessica Robinson spent time in an NCW most affected by the vagaries of immigration enforcement — Brewster.
The journalist’s report on life in Brewster in the wake of successive but very different immigration crackdowns aired Wednesday on NWPR stations. The town’s largest employer, Gebbers Farm, was physically raided by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1997 and 1998, then by an audit under Immigration and Customs Enforcement in late 2009 that led to the fruit warehouse’s shift to a guest worker program.
Catch up with the report — text or audio — at http://tinyurl.com/btg8kwj.
This week’s Worm was compiled by reporter Jefferson Robbins. Got a tip? Email email@example.com.