Kitten Phoenix Rises from the Ashes
04:14 PM, Thursday, October 11
Helen Woodward Animal Center workers are continually amazed by the unwavering goodness of the animal friends they meet each day.  One very tiny kitten, severely burned by caustic chemicals, is the Center’s latest glowing example of enduring trust in mankind.

Abandoned at a Los Angeles shelter last Monday and transferred to Helen Woodward Animal Center by a rescue partner on Wednesday, the three-month old tabby shouldn’t have survived, much less purr.  With his front feet swollen, cracked and bleeding; tail, ears and nose red, raw and covered in a burning acrid chemical, any kitten should have been understandably terrified and wary.  Instead, in response to the compassionate care of Center workers, the delicate feline has been treating staff members to gentle nuzzles and soft purrs.  In fact, despite his amputated tail, struggle to walk and newly heavy-laden front-feet bandages, he even attempts to lovingly knead on the arms and chests of his newfound friends.  In honor of his sweetly inspiring resilience and warmth, the Center staff has named him Phoenix.

“We can’t be certain whether the chemicals were purposely poured on the body of this kitten, or not,” stated Helen Woodward Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Oba.  “Unfortunately, we do know that the acid burns were from a manmade product and it’s incredibly upsetting to see the harm it has done to such an innocent creature.  I’m glad to say that he will survive it, but he has quite a bit of healing to do.” 

Phoenix is thriving under doctor’s care and will be closely monitored.  He will be available for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center in approximately one month.   If you would like to adopt Phoenix, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

About Helen Woodward Animal Center: Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.

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