Last year, Russel escaped a home fire, suffering 3rd-degree burns that necessitated amputations. Due to the extent of his injuries and the necessity for daily care, he is still in the hospital. But the sweet cat doesn’t let his problems get the best of him, and he shares his affection with the other sufferers.
Russel assists the staff at North Carolina’s Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care by visiting and calming other animals in their rooms. Despite the problems he has with movement, he remains unflappable. Unless the hospital staff gently encourages him, he will not take a break.
Russel began assisting other patients after becoming a permanent resident at the veterinary clinic.
“He wants to meet all of our patients,” says the doctor. “All he wants to do is be with them.”
“He wants to meet all of our patients,” says the doctor. “All he wants to do is be with them,” medical personnel told reporters. “I’m not sure if he can detect suffering in other creatures… He does, however, appear to have a strange talent for bonding with patients.”
Russel has a long road ahead of him, and he may never fully heal after undergoing foot surgery lately. Fortunately, the donations have enabled him to reside at the hospital full-time, ensuring that he receives the finest possible care.
He has a sixth feel for when other creatures want comfort and reassurance.
“Most cats are distant and independent, but he enjoys being among other animals.”
“It’s not just about him.” He takes great pleasure in providing company to others.”
“He’s a rock star in this town.” Everybody is eager to meet him. We’d love to have him as our clinic’s mascot.”