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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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Wendy

It was a guy,& his two dogs that saved kaylie,& took her to the vet,& A.S.P,C.A. then Rena took over.

Ryana

I agree thank you for the guy who brought her in who knows how long she was suffering and how long she would have suffered! poor baby girl so thank you all who was involved in her rescue!

Gary O'Donnell

what a gorgeous little cat!
i wish her the best and speedy recovery, i will never understand the things that we are capable of
animals deserve the best from those that love them

Tina Pope

OMG! What a horrific story! Thank you for giving her that life line- cats do have 9 lives? But 1 shouldn't be used up like this! Evil doers in this world-but they will not prevail. I do animal rescue on my own-have many of my own cats-can't imagine! She is blessed and so are you-her angel..

Vic

Thank you for posting such wonderful words....thank you to all that saved her. How long do we need to tend with those that do such horrific things to humans and animals!!! It's not okay, but God is watching....

patricia a bates

so sorry for my spelling but my e is very hard to type on my keyboard i would get a nw one but don,t have th mony for it so i have to look like a dummy to the pople god bless everyone in all the animals

Shelly

Thank You Pups for finding this little gal.... Thank you Rena for the rescue .... I know the cost involved in the rescue of our many little friends. Thank you to the many donors who support the ASPCA program.

Nan

AMEN!

Sharon

For this very reason, as well as many more, I am a dedicated supporter of ASPCA. Stories like this, break my heart. Why do adults and children, take mindless pleasure in the torturing of these precious beings? I despise the dog fighting culture, as well. I agree so with your comments, Emma. Thank God for the rescuers and fosters and Rena. ASPCA covers it all, from one cruelty story to another. Thank YOU, ASPCA!!!

Jennifer Adams

Bless Kylies' precious heart. Rena you are her angel and I wish all the love and fun for the both of you and family. The doctors, nurses and everyone at the hospitals and the ASPCA are life savers, selfless givers and great humanitarians. I am grateful to all of you. Emma, I love what you wrote and feel the same. Beautifully put.

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