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Johnson City cat, owner to be featured Thursday on ‘Animal Planet’

Contributed • Feb 1, 2018 at 10:41 AM

A local animal lover and her world-famous cat will appear on the network Animal Planet on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Dr. Cynthia Chambers, an associate professor in East Tennessee State University’s Clemmer College of Education, will be featured with her cat, Lazarus, in a segment of the show called “Cute as Fluff.” Lazarus was born with a cleft palate and does not have a nose or upper lip. He previously was the focus of a two-page spread in Modern Cat magazine after garnering over 82,000 votes in a month-long contest.

According to Chambers, the Animal Planet segment focuses on the service programs Lazarus has been part of and how he is making a difference.

A university faculty member in special education, Chambers is active with the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter and has launched a number of community initiatives, including POP Arts, an inclusive theater program for persons with and without disabilities.

The production crew followed Lazarus and Chambers for a day and filmed the two at a presentation called “Unique is Beautiful.”

As always, scheduled programming is subject to change. Check your television provider’s local listings for channel and air times.

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