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Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:30pm
Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

When ASPCA staffer Rena Lafaille saw a veterinarian cradling a tiny animal in her arms, she wondered, “Is that a turkey? What’s a turkey doing at the ASPCA Adoption Center?”

Then she realized: The tiny animal was in fact a cat—one who had suffered severe chemical burns on her back, scalp and other parts of her body. Kylie’s ears were singed off, and she couldn’t walk or close her red and cloudy eyes.

“My heart was completely broken,” remembers Rena, ASPCA Adoption Center Department Coordinator. “Ever since that moment, I’d go visit her when I was done with my office work, for 30 minutes to an hour.”

Late last year, Kylie was found hiding behind some bushes, quietly suffering, when two dogs sniffed her out while out on a walk. The dogs’ pet parent took the first step toward saving Kylie’s life: He brought her to ASPCA Animal Hospital. But Kylie’s struggle was far from over, and our veterinary staff didn’t know if she’d pull through.

“It was really touch-and-go with Kylie because she’d lost so much skin,” recalls ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Patricia Wagner, who treated Kylie. “We didn’t know if she’d be able to blink, or walk, ever again.”

Kylie needed several surgeries, specialist care and extensive treatment for her injuries. She spent months at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where everyone fell in love with Kylie and her sweet, patient personality. “Everyone knew who Kylie was,” says Dr. Wagner. “There were so many people here pulling for her. We didn’t want to fail.”

Then one day it was clear to our veterinarians that Kylie’s recovery had turned a corner—she was out of the woods. In fact, Kylie was ready to continue her recovery in a foster home. Rena’s was an obvious choice. Rena began fostering Kylie in February, eagerly taking on the medical regime her new foster kitty required: pain medicine, fish oil and eye drops, all twice a day on a rigid schedule. To protect Kylie’s burns and promote healing, Rena purchased her a T-shirt. When the shirt didn’t quite fit, Kylie had it tailored.

Today, Kylie is an integral part of Rena’s family and fast friends with Lafaille cats Gizmo and Cleopatra, a Beagle called Maya, and Baby Jin, a four-and-a-half-pound Chihuahua who is her playmate and constant companion. Rena continues to work with Dr. Wagner on Kylie’s treatment, and they’re hopeful she won’t need medication one day.

“Kylie will never, ever give up no matter what,” Rena says. “It was her spirit that got her through this. She’s really an incredible cat.”

We can’t think of a better example of the animals our members’ support touches. If you haven’t lately, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. You’ll assist animals like Kylie—those already fortunate enough to be in our care, and those still waiting for our help.

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Ron Bartlett

Such cruel Treatment is beyond belief, thank God FOR HIS LOVE AND CARE OF ALL ANIMALS and those who treat them and provide for them on earth!

Kristina in Woo...

OMG, thank god for the people who take care of animals like this, they are the best people on the planet. I couldn't live without my rescues, life wouldn't be the same.

Sandra Riddick

What a wonderful and touching story! God bless the person and her doggies who found her and the person who is now taking care of her! People are so mean at times to not only dogs/puppies but especially cats/kittens too! Whoever did this God is watching and you shall have your day with him and it won't be pretty either!

Nancy

We all see these terrible things done to defenseless animals..call the police, follow up, report any abuse or suspected abuse to authorities ? We live in mean times..don't ignore animal cruelty. I have a monthly gift charged to my credit card..the ASPCA is a good organization and I trust them to keep up the work and advocacy they have saved so many. I feel they are the reason people are more informed and yet there is still much to do. A country can be judged by how they treat their animals..we need to do more

Nancy

We all see these terrible things done to defenseless animals..call the police, follow up, report any abuse or suspected abuse to authorities ? We live in mean times..don't ignore animal cruelty. I have a monthly gift charged to my credit card..the ASPCA is a good organization and I trust them to keep up the work and advocacy they have saved so many. I feel they are the reason people are more informed and yet there is still much to do. A country can be judged by how they treat their animals..we need to do more

jep

My heart always breaks when I hear of any animal being mistreated. I can't understand it either. Thank god for the person and dogs that found her, and for everyone else that helped her. There is just something about those eyes! It just gets to your heart and your soul. I hope she now will have a happy future. What a great job everyone does that helps injured animals.

sharon mahos

Rena...thank you for taking in this poor, sweet cat. My eyes are crying thinking of the poor things pain. People who abuse animals need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. She is beautiful...I love her t-shirts. Blessings to you, Kylie and your other pets for taking her in.

William W Haywood

We must protect all of the animals. Kylie's spirit is strong, and her heart is huge. She is a survivor. Thank you so very much for helping her.

Nikki

God bless you ASPCA and little Kylie!

terri

I hate it when people r cruel 2 animals especially cats cause I'm a cat person. Thank you pet parent and the dogs and ASPCA I luv that y'all help animals and never give up my support & luv goes 2 y'all the cat the dogs & the pet parent.

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