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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thank you Rena for caring so much as Emma said i cant believe anyone could be so cruel to do this to a iittle one but thank God she has someone who loves her and furry others friends around her .

Dianne Rich

So glad she survived- hard to believe people can hurt innocent animals! I am glad I donate to the ASPCA every month.

Dianne Rich

So glad she survived- hard to believe people can hurt innocent animals! I am glad I donate to the ASPCA every month.


Why are people getting away with this animal torture? I'd love to look at all good, but it's too hard to ignore the bad. I'm so glad this sweet animal was saved and will have a happy and loving life. Every time I look into my little dachshund's eyes I see all the sweet animals and wish they all could feel love. Thanks to the ASPCA and other organizations that are fighting for them.


You guys do GOD"s work for that's what this is. I have been voluteering in our animal shelter here in San Jacinto nearly 4 years and LOVE working with animals looking for homes. I thank the employees for what they do and you at the ASPCA humble me with your endless LOVE and gentle care. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Stephen W. Amodt USMC retired.

Caren Boyd

Rena, words can not express the emotions I felt when I read this story and saw the photos of beautiful Kylie. The person who did this is not human, that person is a monster. But Kylie's will to live and your enduring love and support was stronger than the hateful deed that was done to her. Good prevailed. I believe in karma and I know whomever did this to her will be punished in some way. You and Kylie, on the other hand, will live a beautiful life together, along with your other precious animals. And I am deeply indebted to the person who found her and brought her to safety, as well. And the dogs who sniffed her out are heroes. Thank you for all you did for Kylie and for all you do for animals. This is truly a happy ending and a great beginning as well.


I find it interesting that all comments about this came from women .. and suspect who ever did this was a man. My initial thought is that they should be jailed, just as if they did this to another person rather than a cat. Jailed, sentenced, fined money. That will stop this crazy violence!

Lynn J

Poor baby! She's still beautiful! What a sick person/s who could do this to a poor, defenseless animal! Horrible sub human/s! Kylie's a strong kitty and she'll get through this, especially with all the love and care she's receiving form the great people at ASPCA! Thank you ASPCA! Go Kylie!


Bless her heart, and bless all that you and ASPCA do. I am so thankful she was able to pull through. Big hugs to those docs, nurses, and staff!!


Yes, people are cruel and sick to hurt a poor defenseless animal. I know first hand, When I was a child my parents let my dog outside to do his business and unfortunately he got out of our yard and some sicko ran him down with his car, a neighbor saw it happen and told us. Fortunately my sweet dog lived through it, even though his pelvis was broken, he was put back together by the animal hospital and learned to walk again and lived to an old age!!