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"I'm not dead yet!" That's no doubt what a Black Labrador mix thought when he woke up from being euthanized -- twice -- at an animal shelter in Helena, Alabama. Lazarus with new owner, Jane Holston. Credit: Associated Press The 4-year-old lab was christened "Lazarus" by the woman who found him alive the morning after a vet gave him two shots that should have killed him. The first one wasn't enough to stop his heart, apparently. VIDEO: Are Some Dog Breeds More Aggressive? "When the staff arrived in the morning, to their shock the dog was looking at them. He had even eaten his left over food from the day before. Though scared and wobbly, he was sitting in his cage alive!" Sonya King, of T...

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition seeking the resignation of a Raleigh, N.C., animal shelter's director. The petition was created after 61 sick cats from an animal hoarder's home were euthanized at the Wake County Animal Center. Jennifer Federico, the director of the Wake County Animal Center, said that many of the cats pulled from the hoarder's home were sick with upper respiratory problems and other ailments, and that there was a risk of infecting other animals in the shelter, which was already full. Rachel Anderson, an independent animal rescue volunteer, started the petition calling for Federico's resignation. "We would like to understand what they mean by, 'They're so s...

A family's 6-year-old cat in Sand Lake, Mich., was accidentally killed after a miscommunication led its veterinarian to believe the animal was meant to be euthanized instead of given a sedative, according to WOOD-TV. Shimmy's owners brought the outdoor cat to Sand Lake Veterinary Services for a checkup after he began losing weight and stopped going outside. They explained that Shimmy could be difficult to handle, and they were told he would receive a mild sedative to keep him calm. While they were in the exam room, Shimmy's ...

According to Jezebel, yesterday was the first time in years that New York City did not euthanize any dogs. In 2010, Karen Pepp founded the Facebook group Urgent Part 2. Every night, she posted the "at risk" list of pets from New York's Animal Care & Control. These were the pets scheduled to be euthanized. When Animal Care & Control lost power last week, they were unable to send out the euthanasia list due to the shelter's lack of power. Followers of the group feared that this meant animals were being put down at "an alarming rate." Volunteers reassured Urgent Part 2's fans with the following message: "Yesterday, no animals were euthanized at the Manhattan ACC. As far as I know, that's unp...

Sometimes the best way to sort out overwhelming emotions is to write them down. This is the simple therapy that an 8-year-old Utah boy chose after tragically losing his cat. According to Gawker, an animal shelter accidentally euthanized Rayden Sazam's cat, Toothless, because an employee forgot to leave a note on the cat's cage. However, there is much more to this upsetting series of events. Rayden's note to the The Herald Journal recounting the loss of his beloved pet starts with the boy describing their relationship: "My kitty's name is T...

Deciding When Enough is Enough

I have a terrible job - at least that's what many of my clients say after I've arrived at their doors. When I'm not writing about all things veterinary, I make house calls as an in-home euthanasia and hospice care provider. I wouldn't call the job "terrible." Emotional and at times draining, sure, but it has its own rewards. I feel honored to be helping people and animals when they are going through an exceptionally difficult time. I've been called the grim-reaper and Dr. Death. More pleasantly, I've also been referred to as an Angel of Mercy and a midwife, helping spirits transition from one stage to another (I really liked that one). My job is not especially demanding from a technical...