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Cat who survived Washington's largest wildfire continues recovery, inspires fund

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Earlier this summer, the Carlton Complex fire grew to become the largest wildfire in Washington State’s history, burning more than 250,000 acres and destroying 300 homes. One person died fighting the flames and countless animals perished in the fire. But one little survivor from the Washington wildfires continues to beat the odds, thanks to the dedicated staff at Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital.

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Alta Kitty was discovered near Alta Lake Golf Course by good Samaritan, who took her to the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART). WASART volunteers took the burned, sooty little cat to Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital, where she has received top care from the entire staff.

On Monday of this week, Dr. Shelton from the veterinary hospital took the day off to drive Alta five hours to Pullman, Washington, for treatment at the Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Clinic. After examining Alta, Dr. Fransson at WSU stated that her treatment thus far had been absolutely perfect - and that she wouldn't change a thing. The fourth year veterinary students dubbed the resilient little cat "Adorable Alta" and someone was with her 24/7, providing Alta with constant love, care, and attention.

Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital's Facebook page stated on July 30: "Alta will be back with us at the end of the week. As you can imagine, we all miss her, her happy little purrs, and her sweet cuddles. Thanks for all your well wishes and healing thoughts...we know they are making a huge difference in her recovery!"

Alta came in to the veterinary hospital with second degree burns and abrasions across her body, including her eyes, ears, nose, and pads - but she's responding well to treatment. The swelling on Alta's face has decreased and she has regained her vision. Alta bravely endures dressing changes on her burned feet. Even with her burnt ears and face, her beauty, affection, and gratitude shine through. And Alta is helping other animals, as well: her amazing rescue inspired a fund to help other animals like her recover from these devastating fires.

The “Alta Good Samaritan Fund” will help the animals who have been impacted by the fire. Donations can be sent to Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital, P.O. Box 1238, Chelan, WA 98816. Please mark “Attn: Alta Good Samaritan Fund” on all checks. Donors can also call the office at (509) 682 5812 for credit card donations.

The towns of Carlton and Pateros - where Alta came from - are devastated. It's a miracle that Alta walked out of the fire. And she will continue receiving the best veterinary care – and the love of a community that appreciates her courage and embodiment of hope during this tragic time.