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Chairman Waffles and Dr. Amy Koppenhoefer, his vet and foster parent.  (credit: Gabi Vannini, Michigan Humane Society)

Chairman Waffles and Dr. Amy Koppenhoefer, his vet and foster parent. (credit: Gabi Vannini, Michigan Humane Society)

BINGHAM FARMS (WWJ/AP) - A 10-month-old kitten — saved from likely death on the streets after suffering chemical burns to its face — is waiting for a new home.

The Oakland Press in Pontiac reports Friday that Chairman Waffles has recovered, but will need special attention for the rest of his life.

Officials at the Michigan Humane Society in Bingham Farms, north of Detroit, believe the kitten tried to drink some type of toxic liquid. It was rescued in September in Detroit.

Dead skin around Chairman Waffles’ mouth and nose had to be removed, as was the hard palate in his mouth. Reconstructive surgery was performed by Humane Society veterinarians.

“When he came to us, he had dead skin covering his mouth and face,” said Kevin Hatman, MHS spokesman. “We’re assuming that he got into some dangerous chemicals and tried to drink them. If he hadn’t come to MHS, he probably wouldn’t have survived outside.”

Chairman Waffles is a happy, friendly domestic shorthair kitten who likes to explore and cuddle. His injuries are still healing and he’ll need an extra special adopter who understands his condition and how it must be treated in the future.

Hatman said veterinarians are “pretty confident … there’s a very low risk for future severe medical problems.”

The Humane Society is always looking for donations to make the next Chairman Waffles story possible. Visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE to find out how you can help.

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