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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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Michael

I would adopt this baby girl anytime.........any day. She is truly beautiful. Oh, and if you think the men who comment here are all just a bunch of softies, think again. Been a Police Officer for over 30 years now. I've seen just about all........but NOTHING touches my heart each and every day like these beautiful creatures. You Go Kylie Girl! xxooo

Deb

I wonder at what Americans are taught in school. You see, we notice people die. That makes you wonder about your purpose in life and makes you wonder what happens after you die. When you begin to research it you find 'there is a really bad place' you go if you aren't good. I figure people think that is a big joke. That you can act however you want and die and go to Heaven. Do we have Video capability to record our actions when no one is around? In this day and age is it so hard to consider maybe 'we are being videotaped' even though we see no one around. Who is taping our actions in this life and will we be held accountable. No one thinks about this anymore really? I guarantee you when you pass from here you will Know the truth. Why gamble over something so dangerous for a moment 'to take your frustration out.' We need Training in USA. We really do.

Anonymous

She is the most beautiful cat I've ever seen, scars and all.. wish I could've adopted her!

Anonymous

She really is beautiful. She has a twinkle in her eyes too, even after everything she has been through. I would love to have adopted her myself. But I'm glad she already has a loving home and a family of furry buddies.

Pam

What is wrong with people who do these kind of things? If they find out who done it, they should make them pay a high fine, including medical bills. It is just devastating people can just go and damage these innocent animals. When they catch these sadistic people, they should have their face published in the newspaper, vet hospital, etc., as forewarning and put them on the Animal Abuser's List, including children.

Ms. L. Carmel

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EMMA AND SHARON. AND I PRAY THAT KYLIE WILL MAKE A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY FROM THIS CRUEL AND INHUMANE ACT THAT WAS DONE TO HER! I LOVE YOU KYLIE. GET WELL SOON!

Anthony Moore

Thank you for saving her. A precious life goes on because of the love we give. I wish this baby a long, happy life ahead.

Gina Rosa

Thanks Rena. You are a wonderful person. You and everybody in ASPCA.

Dianne Yonan

God bless you all that helped this kitty she looks so sweet. Bless her heart and may she never experience another moment of pain or suffering.

Tom

I would so give anything to have just 2 seconds with the low life scum that could do this. Maybe he could show me just how bad he really is.

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