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An injured kitten rescued by Waukesha's Humane Animal Welfare Society and cared for in part by community donations has recovered and will soon be ready for adoption, the organization said in a new release.

The maligned kitten, dubbed Hot Rod, was found wandering alone on the side of Highway 164 near Interstate 43 on July 23 with severe burns on his stomach one of his legs and his back paws. Hot Rod underwent his final medical procedure on Sept. 14 and was expected to be fully recovered in about 7 to 10 days. After that, he can be adopted.

Hot Rod has been staying at a foster home with an experienced caregiver since July 26. That caregiver has recommended that he go to a home with another cat, said Jennifer Smieja, HAWS's communication and marketing coordinator.

"Also he is not the biggest fan of dogs, so a fast-moving young dog is probably not the best for him," Smieja added. "He is cuddly when he wants to be, but he does not really like to be picked up. He may eventually become a cuddler, but there is no guarantee of that."

According to the news release, anyone who might be interested in adopting Hot Rod is encouraged to complete one of HAWS’ adoption applications in person at the local shelter, 701 Northview Road, or fill out an application online at www.hawspets.org and email it to HAWS staff at office@hawspets.org with the subject line "Hot Rod Application."

Adoptions staff will then add the application to a list and contact prospective adopters in the order the completed and approved applications are received. In the interest of fairness to all who might be interested in adopting, HAWS asks that members of the public do not call in to be placed on the list without first having an application on file.

Anyone with questions about the process can reach the adoptions staff at 262-542-8851, ext. 0.

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