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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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Kathy

It's disgusting the manner in which these beautiful creatures are treated !! I always say that "what goes around, comes around"

Kathy

It's disgusting the manner in which these beautiful creatures are treated !! I always say that "what goes around, comes around"

Kathy

It's disgusting the manner in which these beautiful creatures are treated !! I always say that "what goes around, comes around"

LISA

First of all I like to say God Bless the Doctor, for her KIND HEART!! its good people like her that make the world go on.. its a SHAME how are SOCITY the LAND of the FREE, BRAVE allow MONSTERS to roam and be so VISIOUS.. How dare are JUSTICE be so leanete whers the JUSTICES for this KITTY AND THE MILLONS OF OTHERS..GOD BLESS you KITTY im so sorry for what you had to go through all you only want is judt LOVE, FOOD, SHALTER not to be tourtoud by the DEVILS HANDS.. stay strong my friend.. and be BLESSED..

Jojo

So sad and so true that we must all consider the unintended consequences of over sharing even a lovely story about wild life roamimg a cemetary and bring comfort to those whom have lost a loved one. It is a cruel, cruel world out there and for all that is good there is evil and we must stay vigilant not to feed it or let it take over us. I cry tears of pain in my soul & for mankind that we are capable of such callous acts. Bless the ASPCA for rescuing yet another intentionally injured animal.

danny

will this animal be up for adoption

georgieboy

It is so true. Be careful how much info. you put out there because freaks will use that information to attack your animals. I am very careful about who I tell about my cat rescue work. Many people where I live hate cats and would love to kill them all. Also, some people will act all friendly to your face but then try to dump their animals on you because they know you do rescue work. It's sickening.

Rakesh Jariwala

I am touched that Rena has done a lot for Kylie. Hats off to Rena and lots of love to kylie. I personally feel that Hospitals, Doctors would not be able to do much, if these kids don't find any lover like Rena. People should come forward to lend their hand to support such 'kind and noble' cause to present an example that these kids also have got the same right to live in this world like we (Human being) enjoy. Again Rena thanks for your kind job.

Nicholette

Yes, some people are hard and cold hearted. Maybe it is time for all of us to reach out to children and teach them to care and love each other and animals.

Diana

I know it is wrong, but I have said time and time again that if someone does something to hurt an animal, they need to have the same thing done to them. And if they cause the death of an animal they need to either be sentenced to life in prison or be made to suffer so much that they wish they were dead. Like I said it may be wrong but that is how I feel.

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