Marshmallow (Contributed/Unicoi County Animal Shelter)
ERWIN — One of the cats rescued from a Tuesday afternoon house fire in Unicoi County was injured in the blaze, and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter is seeking donations to ensure that the animal receives the treatment it needs.
The cat, named Marshmallow, was injured in a fire that occurred Tuesday at a home on Dewey Corn Circle in the Temple Hill community. Unicoi County Animal Shelter Director Jessica Blevins said she took Marshmallow from Unicoi County to the Airport Pet Emergency Clinic in Blountville for treatment overnight.
A picture of Marshmallow, some details on what led to his injuries, and a request for donations for his care was posted on the Unicoi County Animal Shelter's Facebook page Tuesday evening. Blevins said people have already responded, and around $155 was raised Tuesday evening for the cat's treatment.
On Wednesday morning, Marshmallow was transported to a veterinarian for continued treatment. Blevins said the cat is currently in stable condition.
"It's still on oxygen and has 2nd-degree burns on its face and part of its body, with a lot of smoke inhalation," Blevins said.
Marshmallow still needs help to see that he receives the treatment needed. Blevins said Marshmallow's medical bills will likely total more than $500.
Those wishing to help may make donations to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter. Blevins said these donations can be made using PayPal, over the phone by contacting the shelter or can be dropped off at the shelter.
The Unicoi County Animal Shelter is located at 185 N. Industrial Drive in Erwin. For more information, contact the shelter at (423) 743-3071.