A cat that was so severely burned that his white fur turned brown has been adopted by the vet that saved his life.
Spackle, who is two, was found cowering under a car in Cranbrook in July.
He was “clinging to life,” the BC SPCA said, with singed fur and a “severely burned” face, ears and paws.
Fortunately for Spackle, however, he was found by Good Samaritans, who put him in a blanketed bin and rushed him to the animal shelter.
The cat was then taken to a vet for urgent care, which included surgery to clean his wound and stave off infection.
He was then left with the vet for two weeks to convalesce.
“During that time, he formed such a close bond with the vet treating him, that she jumped at the chance to foster him and give his body’s immune system the time it needed to gain strength and regrow tissue,” the SPCA said.
“As Spackle’s fur returned to its natural colour, a heart-shaped marking began to appear on his back. It was a symbol of all the love he has to give.”
The SPCA explained that Spackle warmed the hearts of “everyone around him,” but added: “There was one heart he won over completely.
“Spackle found his forever home with the vet who had cared for him from the very start. His new mom was a ‘foster fail!’”