Saryn Chorney
July 03, 2017 10:38 AM

As Katy Perry once sang, “‘Cause baby you’re a firework, Come on show ’em what you’re worth.”

‘Firecracker’ the three-month old kitten was picked up near Kellogg, Iowa, on June 26 after the Jasper County Animal Rescue League received an emergency call from animal control, reports Who TV Channel 13 News.

Courtesy Jasper County Animal Rescue League

“He’s definitely a little fire cracker and keeps us on our toes. He’s going to come through this.  We have named the kitten Firecracker,” said Jasper County ARL Director Rachel Long.

The baby cat’s new name is an adorable, yet constant reminder of the ordeal he’s been through. After being rushed to Parkview Animal Hospital for “something very wrong with its jaw and its mouth” and “severe trauma,” the kitten pulled through surgery.

“It appears as though something had exploded in the kittens face more than likely some type of firecracker or firework,” said Long.

According to Long, the kitten had “a broken jaw and the skin on the bottom of the jaw is peeled down and back away from the jaw itself so we had to get that back up and the teeth are missing on the lower portion of the jaw as well.”

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Nobody has called in to claim the cat, nor to report an accident. If or when a suspect is found, they could face a misdemeanor charge of animal neglect.

In the meantime, Firecracker’s medical expenses go “above and beyond” the Jasper County ARL’s budget. The organization relies on donations from followers.

Courtesy Jasper County Animal Rescue League

Concerned animal lovers can donate online at:

Donations can also be mailed to:
Jasper County ARL
5411 Liberty Ave
Newton, IA 50208

Hopefully the right family will be able to take Firecracker home soon. “We are going to get him heading on the right track and maybe get him in a foster home to continue to recover in,” said Long.

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