Kitten Nearly Burned Alive in California Fire Adopted by Rescuer Who Saved Him


Meet Vulcan, otherwise known as the incredible fireproof cat.

Vulcan survived the Carr Fire, which ripped through Shasta and Trinity Counties in California over the summer.

When Animal Regulation Officer Dan Evans responded to a call about an abandoned kitten, he was unsure what he would find.

He found the kitten, who was suffering from painful burns, frightened and skeptical of his human rescuers.

“It was a miracle that he was alive,” Evans told The Dodo.

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Cali may be getting another kitty! Daddy rescued this little one in the ruins of the #CarrFire on Sunday. After several hours of dispatches to check on pets in this area, he was finding nothing but terrible outcomes. Everything was burned, everything was dead. Feeling very disheartened, he was driving out of the area when he spotted her sitting on the burned out truck (in the background). He couldn’t believe it and still has no idea how she survived the flames… EVERYTHING was burned. She is getting medical attention for her burns now and #HavenHumane is working to find her owners. #reddingstrong #animalrescue #strongerthancarr #shastacounty #shastastrong #reddingca #cityofredding #redding #thankyoufirstresponders . . . #dogsofinsta #dogs_of_instagram #foxredlabrador #frllove #doggo #petstagram #doglife #ilovemydog #kitty #rescue #rescuekitty #kitten #cat #kittycat

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The kitten was hiding in a burnt vehicle when Evans slowly reached his arm into the hole where Vulcan had retreated.

After about ten seconds, he felt the nuzzle of the cat’s head in his hand and was able to scoop the kitten to safety.

“He chose to come to me,” Evans said. “And in that moment, I knew if this cat survives, I’m gonna make him part of my family.”

But it would take some time before Vulcan could join Evans’ family.

Vulcan had third-degree burns on his paws and fur, and needed immediate medical treatment at the Haven Humane Society.

Veterinarians were hopeful the kitten would survive, but told Evans there would be no guarantee. The first 48 hours were crucial, vets said as they rallied around the brave little fighter.

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Optimistic and patient, Evans had a front-row seat to witness the fireproof cat’s incredible recovery.

Day by day, Vulcan gained strength, energy and a genuine love for his human rescuers.

When Vulcan was healthy enough for a home, the Haven Humane Society determined that Evan and his wife were the right human parents for this little kitten.

Vulcan also gained an unexpected best friend when he met Cali, Evans’ three-legged rescue dog.


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The pair became fast friends, sharing a bond that brings daily joy to Evans’ life.

Moved from rubble to royalty, it looks like Vulcan has a pretty sweet life ahead.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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