When cats are lost, they
often have a knack of finding their way
One lucky feline took it one step further
- it figured out where to go when it was
Lazarus, an adult white cat with gray markings,
was struck by a vehicle near Andreas, a
village southeast of Tamaqua, in early December.
With a crushed right rear leg, the cat
struggled for an estimated four to six weeks
in the cold and snow before finding the
porch of Gloria, a cat lover who resides
in a rural part of Andreas.
Gloria, who was not available for comment
and whose last name wasn't given, cared
for the cat before taking it to veterinarian
I.H. Kathio at the Pittston Animal Hospital.
Gloria's friend, Jeancarrollcq Brislin
of Hazleton, was amazed by the cat's survival
despite suffering from malnutrition.
"The cat was near death," said
Brislin, who noted the cat was named after
Lazarus in the Bible. (In the Bible, Lazarus
rises from the dead.)
"It was involved in a hit and run,
left to struggle carrying a broken leg and
Lazarus arrived at Gloria's on New Year's
Eve and was taken to Kathio who amputated
the leg to save the cat's life.
"The cat was very weak and its leg
had no life," Kathio said. "The
gangrene had already set in and it would
have died in a few weeks if the toxins continued
to spread. The leg had to be amputated."
Although the snow and frigid temperatures
made for rough travels, Kathio said the
wintry elements aided the cat's chances
"The cat survived on body fat and
he was lucky that snow was on the ground
so it could lick it and maintain its body
condition to survive," Kathio said.
"Water was very important to the cat."
The laser surgery was performed Jan. 3
and Lazarus remained in Kathio's office
for a few days to recuperate. Free laser
surgery was chosen because the cat had anemia
and didn't have enough blood in its body
to survive a routine surgery, the veterinarian
Lazarus was picked up Jan. 6 and returned
to Kathio on Jan. 20 to have its stitches
So far, the healing process has been slow
"You see the cat walking and hopping
along on its legs and it's the most loving,
gentle cat I've ever seen, despite some
pain," Brislin said.
Kathio described Lazarus' recovery as phenomenal
Although Lazarus was lucky, Brislin believes
there's a lesson to be learned from a driver's
"If you hit an animal don't assume
it's dead," Brislin said. "Stop.
Pull off the side of the road and if you
don't want to touch it, call the authorities
and let them do something about it."
Brislin is grateful for Kathio's generosity.
"He deserves praise," Brislin
said. "He doesn't need praise, he deserves