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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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Edith

I, too, find myself unable to fathom the humaneless individual who could have done this. The true miracle is the boundless spirit of this beautiful little cat, of the medical people who knew how to help her, and of those who tirelessly and generously live to help them. Thank you.

Heather

So thankful there are people like Rena and the pet parent of the two dogs. Thank you all for what you did and for what you do for the animals. If you believe in KARMA those who did this will pay...in the long run! Peace and Light sweet Kylie!

Annette

Hi Enma, A GRACIOUS THANK YOU FOR EXPRESSING MY EXACT SENTIMENTS. I TOO AM SO DEEPLY MOVED BY THIS STORY. I'M THE PROUD MOMMY TO 7 LITTLE (SOME NOT SO LITTLE - LOL) RESCUED FELINE ANGELS, AND SWEET LITTLE KYLIE RESEMBLES MY LITTLE SUGAR WHO HAS BIG SWEET LOVING ROUND GREEN EYES LIKE KYLIE AND OTHER BEAUTIFUL FEATURES. SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU RENA, THANK YOU TO THE MAN THAT FOUND HER AND TOOK HER TO THE DR. AND ALL THE DR.S AND STAFF. I JUST HAD TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE FOR HER PAIN AND HAPPY TEARS COMBINED THAT SHE'S IN THE BEST CARE SHE CAN BE IN WITH "BEAUTIFUL LOVING CARING PEOPLE ALL AROUND HER" THAT ROCKS BEYOND!!!!! I'M SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GRATEFUL AND THANK THE LORD FOR ALL OF YOU. AS YOU SAID EMMA, "MAY KYLIE BE OFF HER PAIN MEDS ONE DAY AND CEASE THE ARDUOUS TREATMENTS VERY, VERY SOON, SO THAT SHE CAN LIVE HER LIFE WITH THE JOY AND TRUST AND CARE SHE SO RICHLY DESERVES!!! AMEN!

Marilyn Cornett

God bless you Rena. Someone should burn the human being who sadistisally torturned Kylie. I just don't get it. I bless you Rena and the doctors and nurses who took such loving and arduous care of Kylie. However, I've become so synical and have a sign in my house that reads, "the more I get to know some people, the more I love dogs." I donate to ASPCA every month and will continue to do so for as long as I live. Thank you all for your loving hearts.

charlotte asher

Rena said it best. What a chilling but heartwarming story. The innocent spirit, strength, goodwill, and good loving VETS gave Kylie the attention needed to save her. Altho sad, stories such as this make me know my small monthly donation is indeed needed.

Joyce

God bless you, Rena, for being an advocate of the Lord to this darling and brave little kitty, Kylie. She is truly blessed to have you...as are your other pets, as well.
Thank you, guardian angel.

Annabella

I quite agree with Emma how any body could harm a beautiful cat I just don't understand. The ASPCA do a fantastic job what would we do without them.

Stefanie Jo Baker

Wow, that was beautiful. You are a very kind person yourself, Emma. I just wanted to tell you that. Peace.

Claire

Thank you Rena for adopting Kylie and making her part of your family. There are many wonderful pet people out there, but also some sickoes. It is absolutely necessary there a laws to punish dangerous people like the one that hurt little Kylie. The laws are just not strict enough. Follow up in your state and write to the apropriate place. Sickoes like these should be in jail, not to hurt another innocent animals. These are wimps, dangerous criminals who torture innocent animals who have not way to protect themselves. That's how most of the murderers start out.
Rena, you are a saint! I have 2 kitties and I adore them. We think of you and keep our finders (paws) crossed that Kylie has a long and happy life!

Gladys Rhoads

you said all I was thinking and feeling God Bless the crew of humans and animals that have loved her to give her the will to fight to live.

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