Russel was your ordinary well-loved housecat until a house-fire nearly threatened his life. Russel was presumed dead and then miraculously, four days after the fire, he was found in the rubble. Russel was rushed to the Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care in North Carolina in really bad shape, but vets worked around the clock to save his life.
Russel looks amazing today compared to how he looked just one year ago, but the cat rescued from fire is still in recovery even after one year of treatment. He recently underwent surgery on his leg.
Despite his own struggles Russel has spent every day since his rescue helping other animals at the hospital that saved his life. He goes from room to room throughout the day, visiting all different kinds of animals in distress, including deer and dogs!
Staff has to gently encourage Russel to take a break, otherwise he’ll forget about cat napping all day, too busy providing warmth and companionship to every animal in need. A staff member at the hospital told The Dodo, “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…but he does seem to have some weird knack for connecting with patients.”
Russel’s family lost everything in the house fire, including their pet dog Fifi. The Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care covered all medical costs associated with treating both Fifi (before she passed due to extensive carbon monoxide poisoning a few days after the fire) and Russel. The animal hospital started a fundraiser for Russel’s ongoing medical expenses and donations continue to pour in for the sweet little cat.
Russel’s family hopes to someday bring him home, but as for now he still requires regular treatment and is not ready to return to his regular life.
I doubt the hospital staff and its animal patients will ever be ready to say goodbye to this awesome cat! One staff employee said, “He’s a rock star here. Everyone wants to see him. We’d be happy to keep him as our clinic mascot.”
“Most cats are independent and aloof, but he likes to be with other animals.”
“And it’s not all about him. He really enjoys giving companionship to others.”
Find out more about Russel here.