Adoption Would Turn Sad Disfigured Cat Story Around

A cat named Rogue needs a home after suffering from a severe case of feline scabies.

Bring out the tissue box: a stray cat with disfigured ears and hair loss in Burlingame needs a home.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is looking for adopters to take in the female cat named Rogue who had a severe case of mange, or feline scabies. This means that microscopic mites called Notoedres cati burrow beneath the skin to cause intense itching and irritation.

Rogue was brought to PHS as a stray last month with the most severe case of mange its veterinary team had ever seen, says spokesperson Buffy Martin Tarbox. Most of the hair has grown back but as pure white, lending a unique look to outshine her disfigured ears.

Rogue (Photo courtesy of Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA)

“The extent of disfigurement means Rogue was probably suffering for a long time with mange,” Tarbox says in a statement. “But despite this, she is an exceptional two-year-old old cat who wants a home where she can be an indoor only cat and have lots of love and attention.”

With no microchip for identification and no one who has come forward to claim Rogue, she was placed for adoption earlier this week at the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion in Burlingame. She’s now spayed, microchipped and vaccinated partially thanks to the Hope Program.

Potential adopters can visit Rogue at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame or call 650-340-7022. Her adoption fee is $80.

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