Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

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

When ASPCA staffer Rena L. 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, Rena 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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How can someone be so heartless, I hope some day the one who did this will feel as much pain as they did to this poor kitty.


Dear Rena,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving Kylie. How could any human do this???? I am sitting here crying, and honestly could not finish the article. I read maybe three sentences before I broke down very badly, as if Kylie was my own kitty. I think we need stronger laws against animal abuse. I love every kind of animal. I am a vegetarian for that reason. I am so glad that someone was able to find this poor kitty. It breaks my heart to know the pain she had to endure to get to this point and makes me even sadder to wonder how long she lived with this pain. I get so very emotional when it comes to animal abuse and I cannot understand how people can hurt them. I have one 16 year-old cat as I live in an apartment and can only have one pet, and look at him everyday and wonder how someone could hurt an animal. It makes me so sick!!!! I think more people have to live by the theory of treating others how you want to be treated, whether human or animal.


Thank God for the caring and strong people from ASPCA. These kind of stories make my heart so heavy. How I wish I could adopt Kylie and show her all the love she deserves. But I am certain that the lucky person who adopts Kylie will shower her with love every single day.
Bless that precious cat....she's an angel.

Sheila Parmer

Thank you everyone that care for these "kids". Your kindness and work are appreciated more than words express.

Kristi Jorgensen

Dear ASPCA and Dr. Patricia Wagner, Rena, I Cried when I read this story about this Beautiful cat named Kylie! I am Praying for her and Rena Who is helping this Pretty Cat, Thank God for Rena and Dr. Patricia Wagner. I am so happy This Furbaby Kylie is Still Alive and happy now! I am Happy the ASPCA and everyone that continue doing a Great Job Saving Animals from Abuse!


God Bless you & your family Rena, as well as the Vet & staff. Kylie is such a cute litte pussy cat.


This is a prime example why i donate not only through my own but through our eBay earnings. there is no way there will ever be enough to help babies like this survive and live the way they have every right to. Its a shame we don't have a better system to track down the trash that causes damage like this. They all belong behind bars. My grandfather was a game warden and cop and he believed strongly that those that were cruel to animals were only practicing till they got to a child or adult. I'm sorry to say nothing in my 70 years has belied that fact. Ive stepped in when i saw an animal being abused and i stepped in when i walked into a rape. My only regret is both jerks didn't pay a higher price. I foster damaged animals now and wish i could do more because it never seems to be enough.....

Susan Guthrie

Hi Joe, I, too, donate at least 10% of everything I make on Ebay to animal welfare, plus my own monthly donation to the ASPCA. Even if we don't have much ourselves, in my case, we always can find at least a little bit to give to help these wonderful animals that the world has treated so cruely. This kitty has a strong will to survive, and that will should be rewarded with excellent care and lots of love, like she is getting. Bless you and others on Ebay who help the animals every day.

Maria Ines Molina

Thank you ASPCA!!! Thanks to that pet parent who first brought Kylie in!! Thank yo Rena and all the wonderful people at ASPCA!! You're angels for animals!!


I she is a doll. Thank God she was found. My question did someone do this to her and was an investigation done?