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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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Janeen

Bless you all for the work that you do. I'm so happy to know that Kylie is doing well. She's obviously a fighter. I hope she has many happy years in her new, loving home.

Suebee

Wow. Breaks your heart that a sweetheart-of-a-creature has to endure something so monstrous. Someone posted here that humans disgust them. But this is also the story that redeems humanity. True acts of kindness from the wonderful foster mom and the person who first helped Kylie, to the ASPCA. Love to Kylie...

Heidi

Its always wonderful to know there are great people out there who care for animals and want to help them, its sad to think someone actually did this to this beautiful cat. Thankfully because of the aspca and animal lovers like this person kylie is saved and has a loving home. Thankyou to everyone who adopts shelter animals and for people who take the time to bring these animals in to be cared for.

Jean

Spay and neuter! Spay and neuter! Spay and neuter!!!! Can't say it enough. Fewer animals out on the street = fewer targets for sick monsters to torture. May there be a special place in hell for Kylie's abuser.

Janice

It is heart-warming to know Kylie has so many angels who have cared for and continue to care for her and help her heal, both inside and out. The compassion of the human heart never ceases to amaze me, nor does the cruelty some so-called human beings are able to inflict on innocent animals. A big thanks to all of the volunteers, veterinarians, etc. who are working with Kylie -- and an especially big thank you to Rena.

Todd Beeman

I'd like to catch someone doing this to a cat. I think all the time what if my cat got out and met up with a person like this; it keeps me up at night. Thank god there are people out there who will bring an injured cat like Kylie in out of her nightmare to saftey, and thank god there is a place of safety like the ASPCA

Lourdes Millan

Beautiful story so much love to Kylie after so much pain was inflected on her by some evil cruel people but animals are very resilient and happy she is in a happy family to love her forever and she has so many pet friends to care for her, good luck Kylie continue getting better

Terri Bryant

Thank God she was found and her suffering was eased. You are all amazing and this is just such a wonderful outcome to a horrible situation. Thank you for all you do, and to the foster Mom, thank you. Amazing.

Karen Fitzgerald

The people that did this to Kylie make me sick but it is so wonderful that the ASPCA helped her and gave her a chance to live. She is such a beautiful and sweet cat. Bravo to the ASPCA.

Erin

Amazing story of love & devotion on all parts of the rescuer, the puppers who found her, the doctors that saved her and the new mommy & siblings Kylie has, Rena & family!
Thank God this little angel found such a wonderful support group to get her healthy & happy again. I'm sure she will reward you, more than words can say, for many many years to come!
Love & appreciation to you all!!!

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