PORTLAND -- A kitten found in a bucket taped shut last July has been recovering with a foster family and will be put up for adoption Wednesday.

The kitten was taken to DoveLewis after a Gresham police officer found it inside the bucket, along with four dead kittens. He was estimated to be six to eight weeks old at the time.

Background: Kitten survives for days in bucket taped shut

Since then, he has been recuperating in one of Multnomah County Animal Services' foster care homes. A staff member nicknamed him Charlie Bucket, after the main character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlie is a fighter, he was so sick the first two weeks he didn t even gain weight, said his foster mom Shelley Laird. Now he is a healthy rambunctious kitten with no fear!

He has an upper respiratory infection known as calicivirus, which is not life-threatening but is permanent and can spread to other cats.

Starting at noon Wednesday, anybody wanting to adopt him can apply at the shelter, located at 1700 W. Columbia River Highway in Troutdale.

Photos: Rescued kitten in foster care

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