The Washington wildfires rage on, with gusts of wind up to 30 miles per hour driving the flames across ridges and closer to small towns, endangering humans and animals alike. Q13 Fox News reported last night that one person has been confirmed dead and approximately 1,000 homes are still in the path of the fires. Amid the tragedy and destruction, though, there is hope: Q13 reported today that a burned cat who was rescued from the Carlton Complex fires has been responding well to treatment at Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital.
“She’s talking, eating a bit and responding to treatment and loves from our staff,” Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital staff stated on Facebook today. The cat, who was rescued over the weekend from the devastation of the Lake Alta area of the Carlton Complex fire, has been dubbed "Alta" by her rescuers.
The towns of Carlton and Pateros - the area that this kitty is from - were evacuated, but not everyone made it out together. According to Lost & Found Pets WA State, Alta was found by the Alta Lake Golf Resort by a good Samaritan who brought her to the Lake Chelan Veterinary Clinic.
Yesterday the veterinary clinic reported that Alta had second degree burns and abrasions across her body, including her eyes, ears, nose, and pads - but she is responding well to treatment. The swelling on Alta's face has decreased and she now has some vision in her left eye. According to the veterinary staff, she should soon be breathing easier through her nose, as well.
“We are hoping each day to see such improvement,” the veterinary staff wrote on Facebook. “Thanks for all your kind words and well wishes; we pass them along to this gentle girl.”
While it is still unclear where the cat's family is, the veterinary staff hope that someone sees her photo on social media and comes forward. Alta will continue to receive veterinary care as she recovers from her burns.