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Russell the Cat helps animals recover at the facility that saved his life.

Russell the Cat helps animals recover at the facility that saved his life.

When Russell the cat was 3 years old, a house fire almost killed him. It wasn’t until four days after the destruction that he was pulled from the rubble with severe burns that ravaged his face and body and caused him to lose the tips of his ears. Russell has lived at Raleigh, N.C.’s Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care Clinic for the past year and a half, recovering from the ordeal and playing nurse.
 
Yes, Russell, the little kitty who himself is still recovering from serious injuries, devotes his time to comforting and caring for all animals who happen through the hospital doors – regardless of species. Russell’s favorite form of medicine: cuddles, of course.
 
Most recently, Russell’s snuggle-buddy has been Darla, a baby deer who lost her mother; but we can’t forget Russell’s cuddle-sesh with Roscoe, a Chihuahua with an eye injury; or his playdate with Squirrel, a stray lab who was hit by a car.
 
“He wants to be friends with every animal,” Megan Maus, a vet tech at Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care told The Huffington Post. “He’s a very inquisitive cat. A very loving little cat.”
 
Currently, Russell (whose treatment has been covered through donations) is on his own, having sent Darla off to a wildlife rehab facility for eventual re-release to the wild; but the feline, who has undergone more than two dozen surgeries, isn’t ready to head home just yet. With an arduous recovery still ahead, Russell will continue living at the hospital – and caring for the next creature who arrives for treatment.
 
Follow Russell’s road to recovery on Facebook, and donate to the Clinic’s Good Samaritan Fund here.
 
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