A two week old kitten thought to have perished was found alive and well following an apartment complex fire in Jeffersonville, Indiana that displaced 150 people and their pets last week. He is being called Miracle.
Jeffersonville, Indiana wrote at the city’s Facebook page Tuesday:
“After the massive fire in a Jeffersonville apartment complex Thursday, out of the rubble came Miracle.
“Jeffersonville Firefighters were told a kitten was missing, but with both his parents deceased from smoke inhalation, it seemed unlikely a 2 week old kitten would survive. But the next day at 3 pm, a Firefighter found him under a pile of ashes – alive.
“Sara Green, Director of J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter received the call that they had found the missing kitten. Miracle was rushed to Eastside Animal Hospital where he was given oxygen.
““Kittens are very fragile at that age, plus the smoke inhalation,” Sara said. “I don’t know how in the world this thing survived.”
“”The kitten continues to improve. Sara takes care of him and feeds him around the clock. She will be taking care of Miracle indefinitely until they are either able contact the owner or put him up for adoption.
“She reports he is eating well and getting stronger. Today, for the first time, Miracle opened his eyes.”
Miracle was checked out by a vet and cleared to leave before going into care with Sara Green and the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.
WDRB covered the story and spoke with Captain Rusty Hall of the Jeffersonville Fire Department
“All the pets — they’re like family members,” said Captain Hall, who found Miracle. “So it’s just like losing a kid at times.”
” It looked like a fuzzy play toy. I didn’t even know it was a cat.
“I believe it was a miracle that we found him,” Hall said.
“Just a baby kitten, just wants to be loved,” Sarah Green told WDRB. “He just started purring a couple days ago.”
“The apartment was heavily smoke-damaged and other two adult cats didn’t make it, so for something this small, you know, only a week-and-a-half to two weeks old, to make it in that environment, it says something,” Green said.
Miracle’s owner was originally told the kitten had died in the fire, and the shelter has been having trouble reaching them to let them know the kitten has survived. It is hoped that the owner will learn of Miracle’s survival at Facebook or on the news.
Green said some residents whose pets are still missing following the fire are calling the shelter every day, hoping for news.
“It’s so sweet and so sad because out of everything they’ve lost that’s the one thing they’re concerned about,” Green said.
The J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter is prepared to care for Miracle ntil his owner is ready to take hime back, if they are able. Otherwise, there have been several offers to adopt the kitten.
Watch the WDRB report on the story:
2 thoughts on “Miracle kitten is found after fire”
beautiful! need to find his parents…
The article stated twice that both parents perished in the fire.