We know you have deep compassion for animals, so we won't show you images of what Kylie looked like when we first met her—but they are heartbreaking. Her 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.Our veterinarians immediately began to treat Kylie's pain and administer therapies for her wounds. "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."
Kylie saw an ophthalmologist and had surgery so she could close her eyes. Through these seemingly endless treatments, she remained exceptionally friendly and good-natured. 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 Lafaille, who visited Kylie every day after work. "I would hold her, cuddle her and give her kisses. The entire staff was in love with her—everyone knew who Kylie was."
Rena began fostering Kylie in February 2013, and in June, she officially made Kylie a part of her very spoiled furry family. Kylie needs to wear a T-shirt to protect her skin, so Rena had a T-shirt tailored to cat-size, just for Kylie. 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.
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."
We can't think of a better example of the animals your support touches. Give to the ASPCA today and you'll assist animals like Kylie—those already fortunate enough to be in our care, and those still waiting for our help. Thank you.