The loss Kasey M. and her family experienced is unfathomable.
It all started when her husband, Robert, a firefighter, got a department emergency alert on his phone. He was shocked to see the address of their home flash across his screen.
"He called me and said, 'You need to get home. Our house is on fire!''' Kasey tells Waggle.
Kasey darted out of the door of the preschool where she teaches and raced home. She knew all their kids were out of the house but was worried sick about their animals.
When she got to her street, fire engines blocked the road, she couldn’t get through. She pulled her car over, threw it into park, and started running toward her house. "I could smell the burning plastic, and I could tell it was really bad," Kasey says.
The fire was out, but the scene was chaotic and surreal. Rescue crews told her they pulled all eight of her pets out of the house and tried to save them.
"The firefighters worked on all the animals in my backyard and tried to resuscitate them," Kasey said. "There were more firefighters trying to work on my animals than in my house.”
She was devastated to learn seven of her pets, two dogs, four cats, and one rabbit were killed in the fire. "The animals were all in the backyard under a tarp. I couldn't bring myself to go back there," Kasey says.
The only one to survive was Luna, an adorable Poodle mix, who was already on her way to the emergency room.
"A volunteer firefighter jumped in the car with the dog warden and kept the oxygen on her, while the police gave them an escort to Central Animal Hospital," Kasey adds.
Luna recovered from the smoke inhalation, but she suffered massive burns all over her body. She's spent weeks in the ICU on antibiotics, fluids, pain medications and had multiple surgeries. Kasey says through the entire process, Luna, amazingly, remained strong and in good spirits.
"Whenever you'd go to Central, you'd call her name, and she'd always wag her tail no matter how much pain she was in," Kasey adds. "She won a lot of hearts due to her disposition and her will to fight. I don't know how many dogs could have gone through the surgeries, skin grafts, the poking and prodding she did."
Now Kasey faces an enormous bill for Luna's care. They are so appreciative for any help as her entire family gets back onto the road to recovery.
"I don't even know if thank you sounds like enough, I have so much gratitude," she says. "This is something you'd never want anyone to live through. It tore my family apart, losing all our animals. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Luna is a warrior."
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