Community Organization Helps Cat Burned in Ridgecrest Blaze

By: Anne Cutler Email
By: Anne Cutler Email

They say cats have 9 lives and that couldn't be more true for little Nikki.

Nannette Murphy's home was just one of 7, charred by a devastating fire. When the blaze broke out, she watched from afar, as everything went up in flames. Like many of the other neighbors, her first thought was her pets.

Jennifer Webb, with the Shakespeare Animal Fund, was on the scene. "The animals hide under couches, run up stairs, in bathrooms, because they don't understand. So it's the animals we lose so much. So when I saw a wall of fire, all i thought is if animals are trapped, will they be able to get out too?"

Nannette's cats were lucky. They made it through alive. However, Nikki was badly burned, with injuries to her skin and paws. Even her whiskers were singed off! That's when Shakespeare Animal Fund stepped in. They paid Nikki's expensive veterinary bills and helped save her life.

In time, Nannette will replace her belongings and rebuild the home. And Nikki is on the road to recovery. But she says, what has helped the most in the healing process, has been the outpouring of help from the community and her friends.

"People came out of the woodwork. There was a gentleman-when we found her, she was sopping wet and dirty, and he gave me his cat carrier- when I asked where to return it, he said no."

Neighbor helping neighbor- even if that neighbor happens to have 4 legs, instead of 2.

If you'd like more information about the Shakespeare Animal Fund, please visit the Hot Topics section.

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