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Cat Triumphs Over Tragedy: Remarkable Recovery After Severe Burns



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  • The resilient stray cat, Libby, made a remarkable recovery from severe burns after being found in the aftermath of a fire.
  • After intensive care and treatment at the Arizona Humane Society’s trauma hospital, Libby was placed in a loving foster home.
  • Now healthy and sporting a distinctive new look, Libby is ready for adoption and looking forward to finding her forever home.

Against all odds, a stray feline named Libby has clawed her way back to health after an unfortunate incident left her with severe burns.

Today, this resilient black domestic shorthair is the embodiment of strength, living a life of purrs and head bumps while looking forward to finding her forever home.

In April, a Good Samaritan found Libby on the streets of downtown Phoenix and rushed her to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS)’s trauma hospital.

She had been caught in a fire, with melted plastic covering parts of her body and singed fur.

The young cat, barely seven months old, was found with burns on her paw pads, ears, and nose.

Arizona Humane Society

“Libby underwent dozens of medical procedures, including surgeries to remove damaged digits, sedation to clean and clip her burns, and daily bandage changes,” the AHS release stated.

The veterinary team also closely observed her for possible respiratory damage from smoke inhalation, and administered subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication.

After a month of intensive care, Libby was healthy enough to be placed in a nurturing foster home.


This resilient feline not only began to heal but also welcomed a unique new look.

Interestingly, where once her black fur had been, white fur began to grow back, giving her a distinctive appearance.

Libby’s journey was not without struggles, but three months later, she’s ready to take on the world again.

Arizona Humane Society

“[It’s] an incredible tale of survival and strength,” the AHS reported in their press release.

Now at 11 months old, Libby has been listed for adoption at the AHS’s South Mountain Campus, ready to find her forever home.

Libby’s story mirrors that of another survivor, a pit bull mix named Riona.

In Memphis, Riona was found running down a street, horrifically set on fire by her former owner.


After a strenuous recovery process, Riona found her forever home with a loving family.

Like Riona, Libby’s story reaffirms the incredible strength and resilience of animals.

While we eagerly wait for the news of Libby’s adoption, we take solace in her recovery journey, reminding us of the exceptional strength, survival instincts, and, above all, the forgiving nature of our four-legged friends.