Cats rescued in Holyoke fire recovering at Thomas J. O’Connor shelter

One of the cats suffered corneal ulcers, and is now blind

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This cat, formerly known as "Charcoal," suffered corneal ulcers in the fire at 912 Dwight St. in Holyoke. Image Courtesy: Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two cats that survived a fire in a Holyoke apartment building Friday night are out of an animal hospital, and at least one of them is going up for adoption very soon.

Pam Peebles, Director of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield, told 22News that both cats had been taken to the VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital after the fire at 912 Dwight Street.

Crews put out fire on Dwight Street in Holyoke

The family that owned the cats has surrendered them to TJO’s care.

Peebles said that one of the cats, “Simba,” is doing just fine, and will be up for adoption very soon.

The second cat, however, who was formerly known as “Charcoal,” suffered corneal ulcers and is now blind. She is being cared for at TJO by their on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lauren Atkins.

“She still has quite a road ahead of her,” Peebles wrote in an e-mail to 22News. Still, Peebles said they are optimistic that she will recover and be able to find a new permanent home soon.

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“Simba,” one of the cats rescued in the fire, will be put up for adoption very soon. Image Courtesy: Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

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