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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Anne Marie

Like everyone else who commented, my brain can't understand how anyone could do something so cruel to an animal. God Bless the person who found Kylie and brought her to the ASPCA and to the wonderful Doctors, Staff and Volunteers who helped her recover.
I just celebrated the 9th Anniversary this month of adopting my first cat, Rose,(you called her Dharma) from the ASPCA on 92nd Street. She is the love of my life and sitting on my lap as I type this. I too get $20 deducted from my checking account every month to help support the ASPCA. God Bless all of you!

La Marca Monique

Thanks to Rena and the doctors who took care of this poor and brave littile Kylie and also to the man who discovered it on his way among the bushes...
A animals, these inocent living creatures should be helped and protected.


I don't know how you all do it. My heart breaks just looking at the suffering this poor cat has had to endure. On the flip side, I celebrate her recovery and the applaud everyone that has added in it.


I would like to share these from the Bible to all who are Christians and would like to see what the word of God says!

Proverbs 12:10 Few realize as they should the sinfulness of abusing animals or leaving them to suffer from neglect. He who created man made the lower animals also, and "His tender mercies are over all His works." Psalm 145:9 The animals are created to serve man, but he has no right to cause them pain by harsh treatment or cruel exaction. Yes God the Father knows everything that each person does, thinks, and says. It is all being recorded by the Angels in heaven. Each person who does horrible things to animals will have to make an account of it on their judgement day. They will pay for their dreadful acts if they do not ask for forgiveness from God the Father.


OMG Kylie you are absolutely gorgeous and I honestly don't know how anybody could have done that to you. You are now with the bestest family ever.


Kylie you are absolutely gorgeous and I honestly don't know how anybody could have done that to you. You are now with the bestest family ever.

shelia love

Thank you so much for saving this lovely little girl ! Bless her little heart and bless you too !!!


Thank you so very much for everything you did Rena and ASPCA! If it were not for you, this kitty would have never made it! I donate to ASPCA because I know that the funds are needed and well used!


Thank you for taking care of those precios creatures that God gave us for our enjoyment. Most people would have adopted one without injuries, scars and healthy. God bless you


Rena, you're remarkable. The staff at the hospital is remarkable. May God bless all of you because you take care of His animals. I'll also pray that the sick, troubled individual(s) who did this to Kylie is/are found out and justice is served and psychiatric care is given. Forgiveness will take a while I'm afraid.

Please keep up the good work!