Earlier last year, a cat was rescued from a fire that devastated his home and left him with serious injuries. For more than a year now, Russell the cat has been a patient at the Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He sustained 3rd degree burns which caused him to be amputated. Staff at the animal hospital didn’t think that the feline would make it and amazingly he bounced back to life slowly. Although he has been a long time resident at the animal hospital, Russel hasn’t fully recovered from his injuries yet. But he goes in every room to visit other animals that are also suffering from some kind of condition or ailment and made them feel better.
“He’s incredibly engaging. He wants to meet all our patients. He just wants to be with them. I don’t know if he can sense that other animals are in pain or have stuff going on, but he does seem to have some weird knack for connecting with patients, even when you wouldn’t think they would,” Alan Wilford, a clinic staff member, told The Dodo.
According to the clinic staff, Russell is very open to other animals that are clinic patients as well. In fact, the friendly feline would love to keep himself busy all day wandering in the exam rooms but clinic staff encourage him to get some rest for his own good. Russell is also noted for being good at giving other animals the companionship they need. He offers his companionship to every animal in the clinic including dogs and a deer.
Unfortunately, there’s a big possibility that Russell will never be normal again. And if that happens, the cat has nothing to worry about because he is very much loved by the clinic staff. One of the staff said that the cat is the “rockstar of the clinic” and that “they will be happy to keep him as their clinic mascot.” Russell is one amazing cat and we applaud him for being strong and for offering comfort and companionship to other sick animals. We wish him a full recovery and lots of happiness!