While out on a walk on a chilly November day, two dogs discovered something in the bushes. The dogs’ pet parent peered behind the foliage and, to his horror, found Kylie, a long-haired gray tabby, quietly hiding herself away, covered in severe chemical burns. Immediately, the Good Samaritan gave Kylie her best shot at survival: He brought her to the ASPCA.
Kylie’s ears had been completely burned off. Skin was singed off her scalp, back and other parts of her body, and she couldn’t close her red and cloudy eyes. In fact, she barely looked like a cat.
“It was really touch-and-go with Kylie because she’d lost so much skin,” recalls Dr. Patricia Wagner, who treated Kylie. “We didn’t know if she’d be able to blink, or walk, ever again.”
But over time and after several surgeries, Kylie's prospects began to improve. ASPCA staff members, many of whom had become very attached to Kylie, started to feel hopeful about her recovery.
“She was the best lap cat ever,” says ASPCA Adoption Center staffer Rena, who visited Kylie every day after work. “The entire staff was in love with her—everyone knew who Kylie was.”
Dr. Wagner adds: “There were so many people here pulling for Kylie. We didn’t want to fail.”
Rena began fostering Kylie in February 2013, and in June, she officially made Kylie a part of her very spoiled furry family. Rena and Dr. Wagner continue to work together to help Kylie make a full recovery, and they are cautiously optimistic that one day Kylie will no longer require medication.
“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.”
Dr. Wagner points to another key factor in Kylie’s recovery: ASPCA members’ generosity. “We’re so thankful to have the resources to do everything Kylie needs, even in the long-term.”
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