Two Feral Kittens Survived Wildfire By Hiding

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The fast-moving wildfires in California gave animals little time to escape. One intelligent feral cat knew that she needed to protect her tiny kittens, so she found a perfect place to hide them until the fire passed.

Brave animal lovers have been searching charred towns for any surviving animals that need to be rescued. Horses, dogs, cats, wildlife and many more are being found burned and in immediate need of medical help. Sadly, there are many that did not survive the intense flames.


Two kittens from Concow, California miraculously survived the wildfire. One ginger kitten was found shielding and protecting his sister, a tiny black kitten. Animal rescuer, Shayla Sullivan, joined a local rescue team, Cowboy 911, to save animals from disaster areas. A police officer found two horses in Concow that needed rescuing.

Shayla headed to Concow with friends and trailer to rescue the horses. They were heartbroken by the devastated area. While Shayla was rounding up the horses and loading them into the trailer, they noticed two kittens and a feral mother cat.


When they tried to approach, the kittens ran into a wood-burning stove and the mother cat ran off. They believed that the mother cat hid her kittens in the stove to protect them from lurking coyotes. However, that wood-burning stove saved their lives when the fire moved through and burned everything else to the ground.

“Ironically, they were in a wood stove when they survived the fire,” Shayla told Love Meow.

Photos: Facebook/FieldHaven Feline Center


One of the rescuers reached into the stove and gently removed the two kittens. The tiny ginger kitten had suffered some burns and needed medical attention. Both kittens were brought to FieldHaven Feline Center by Shayla’s friends, while she transported the horses to safety.

The kittens were terrified and shivering. “The people at FieldHaven were wonderful. They put them in warm towels and started getting them IV fluids right away,” Shayla said. “They told me that the little orange one probably wouldn’t have made it one more night.”

The kittens were named Ashlee (black kitten), and Phoenix (orange kitten) by the staff. Phoenix would lay on top of Ashlee protecting her. The two were inseparable. “Phoenix has no whiskers because they were burned off. We’ve tended to all four of his paws that were badly burned. All of his fur is singed. Last night Phoenix kept throwing his body over Ashlee. He’s very protective of her,” posted the staff at FieldHaven.

Photos: Facebook/FieldHaven Feline Center


The staff believes that Phoenix shielded his sister from the flames by laying on top of her. It explains how he was burned but Ashlee was unharmed. Once they realized that they were safe, they relaxed and started to heal.

Officers in the area are continuing to bring food and water for the mother cat until they can hopefully capture her. “We have taken in nearly 50 cats, three birds, one chameleon, and one iguana. We are providing medical care and a safe, warm, stress-free environment for these animals,” FieldHaven said.

If you live in the area please leave food and water outside for animals that are struggling to survive. Wildlife as well as domestic animals are in need of food and water. This simple act of kindness can save a life.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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