Feline fire survivor on the mend at local shelter

The female kitten, which the shelter named Phoenix, as she appeared when was brought to Fuzzy...
The female kitten, which the shelter named Phoenix, as she appeared when was brought to Fuzzy Friends Animal Shelter on Feb. 1 (left) and as she appears now. (Fuzzy Friends photos)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 24, 2020 at 5:31 PM CST
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A kitten that survived a fire, but suffered extensive injuries, is back on the road to recovery and up for adoption thanks to a local animal shelter.

The female kitten, which the shelter named Phoenix, was brought to Fuzzy Friends Animal Shelter on Feb. 1 by a group of a women who were renting an Airbnb near Downsville when the injured feline wandered up to the home.

"Because they found out the owner of the home didn't know the cat, they packed her up and came here," said Emily Hunter of Fuzzy Friends.

Phoenix was immediately transferred from Fuzzy Friends to the Waco Animal Emergency Clinic.

Without immediate help her chances of survival was low.

"She had burn injuries on her paws. Her nose and whiskers were singed off and her coat was about half the length it should have been," Hunter said.

"She was extremely dehydrated and we were really worried about her going into shock. We also had to put her on some antibiotics to combat any infections from the burn wounds."

Fuzzy Friends believes based on where the kitten was found and the smell of the cat that she was injured in a fire at a cotton seed mill about a month before she was found.

"We don't know if she was injured from hotspots but she was found right next to where the cotton seed mill burned. Her burns were also consistent with her accidentally being burned and not set on fire," Hunter said.

Fuzzy Friends immediately took to social media to ask for support in getting Phoenix the veterinary care she needed.

With the help of the existing Angel Heart Medical Fund at the shelter, established for such situations, as well as additional donations that came in from the public following the plea, the clinic was able to keep Phoenix over that weekend and saved her life.

"Oh my goodness, it's just the best feeling in the world because obviously if we hadn't been able to take her in and help out with what was going on with her, with her out there trying to fend in a field by herself this cat wouldn't have made it,” Hunter said.

Phoenix is now healthy and up for adoption at Fuzzy Friends.

They're waiting to spay her after she gains a little more weight, but other than that is ready for her forever home.

"I think she's going to have a lot of people interested in her," Hunter said.

"She's a very, very sweet kitty. She'll probably have a little bit of scaring like on her ears but other than that there is nothing that we've seen issues with."