A Holiday Miracle: Finding Lazarus
When our volunteer arrived at the Atlanta airport on a frigid Atlanta night, she couldn’t find her luggage…or her car. She shivered as she wandered the sprawling parking garage long after dark, and finally enlisted the help of a security guard. And then, she saw it: a black shape, still and small, in the shadow of an oil drum trash can pushed against a dark brown door. Her heart sank. Whatever it was, it wasn’t moving in the cold air.
She and the security guard approached, speaking in low tones to hopefully prevent a scared and cornered animal from bolting. The cat remained still, in “loaf praying position” with its head tucked firmly forward and planted on the floor. The black and white smallish kitten did not react to voice, a tentative pet and finally to a stronger touch and scruff. His small body was cold, and our volunteer believed that a compassionate burial or euthanization were likely the only kindnesses she could show this small creature. After using her cell phone as a flashlight, though, she saw his chest move! Not much. But enough. While the security guard went to find a box to transport the kitten, she began texting SNAP.
The kitten went in the box. The box went in the now-found car. And our volunteer and the little cold one she named Baby Lazarus went to the overnight emergency vet.
Baby Lazarus was only a few degrees away from death when he was found but after a night of warming and fluids, was well enough to be discharged to SNAP’s care. Telltale oil embedded in his paws and slightly singed whiskers tell us that perhaps this little tuxedo boy hitched a ride to the airport, and dropped off far from familiar surroundings, was helpless. Baby Lazarus was not chipped, so there was no one for SNAP to contact to claim him. Although he was terribly weak and dehydrated – so wobbly on his feet with tremors, and barely able to get a meow out – those issues were thankfully temporary! Now that he has recovered from a few weeks, SNAP seeks a foster or permanent home for Lazarus.
These pictures were taken the morning after his rescue, leaving the vet. We believe this tuxedo boy with his silly joker grin is about 5 months old. Lazarus has gold flecked green eyes, fuzzy ears, and a Poirot mustache with a snappy white tuxedo bib. He has become spoiled and loves the regular food and warmth he is receiving, but is stressed by the large number of animals currently at the SNAP central location. Lazarus does not find the kittens who want to play constantly funny, not one bit. We need a caring foster who can get to know him, continue to socialize him (he purrs at the touch and actively seeks human attention) and give this miracle kitten some time to find his feet. We don’t know what happened to Lazarus before his trip to the airport…but we will help him find his own holiday miracle.
Lazarus will be great in any type of home including with older children and small dogs. He has no special needs and will make a very special addition to the family.
Like all SNAP pets, Lazarus is neutered, up to date on shots and vaccinations, and micro-chipped. And ready to meet you at one of our adoption centers or by special appointment.
SNAP is a non-profit 501c3 animal rescue organization dedicated to spay and neutering programs, rescues and adoptions for Atlanta-area pets. See more about us here or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates on SNAP people, pets and adoption news.
First posted December 20, 2016.