Cat Who Survived House Fire Helps Other Animals Heal With Cuddles

This is a story of suffering, sadness, despair, hope, happiness and love that shows the beautiful†connection between all living beings on this planet.

After being trapped in a house fire which destroyed the house and took the lives of his other feline and canine companions, Russell the cat was found in the wreckage four days later despite being presumed dead.

A year and a half later, he is still in the veterinary hospital recovering from severe second and third degree burns, but he has become something of a legend, spending his days helping other animals to recover from their injuries.

Russel Cat

Surviving the Fire

When Russellís body was discovered in the burnt remains of the house four days after the fire occurred, everyone feared the worst. It was miraculous that he had managed to survive the fire and was still alive, but the burns to his face, feet, body, ears and rectum as well as injuries to his tongue and mouth were all so severe that his condition was critical.

After being rushed straight to Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care, vets began the life saving operations and intensive pain management program, hoping to bring him around into a more stable position.

After almost three weeks of being on an IV drip, and undergoing multiple surgical procedures to clean his terrible wounds and prevent further tissue damage, Russell ate his first bite of solid food. Progress was being made.

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A Story That Touched the Hearts of Many

After just a few days of treatment, the hospital knew that for Russell to make a full recovery, he would need countless operations and a considerable amount of costly long term treatment.

To help the family cope with the costs (after they were already having to deal with the emotional upset and financial difficulties of the fire), AEHUC publicized his story on Facebook.

Russellís story went viral, reaching people from all over the world, and attracting mainstream media attention. A donation fund was set up, and the response was overwhelming. In no time at all, people from all 50 states in the U.S. and from more than 40 countries had sent†loving messages, thoughtful gifts and generous financial support to Russell cat — more than enough to see to his every need.

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Russell Is Eager to Share His Love

Now more than a year and a half on since the horrific fire, Russell is still living under the care of the incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff in the AEHUC whilst receiving ongoing treatment for his injuries.

Rather than lying down feeling sorry for himself, heís become a very special part of the care team in the hospital, taking it upon himself to cuddle and comfort many of the other animals who are also recovering from injuries at the clinic.

Staff have always been amazed at his strength of character and constant appreciation for the compassion shown to†him, purring and meowing every time he is treated or has his bandages changed. Now he has begun to share his love with the rest of the patients. Some of his furry friends include Darla, the orphaned baby deer, Roscoe the stray Chihuahua, and a labrador named Squirrel, all of whom have been photographed receiving loving cuddles from Russell.

Russel Cat

As well as being a truly heartwarming story, Russel reminds us†just how strong the bond of compassion and love between animals can be. Humans going above and beyond to save the life of a severely burned cat, the cat showing his affection for his caretakers, and then turning his affections to numerous different animal species who were in need of companionship themselves.

Photo Credit: Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care

274 comments

Sabrina A.
Sabrina A2 years ago

This is amazing! I love animals like this!

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Sabrina A.
Sabrina A2 years ago

This is amazing! I love animals like this!

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Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Mary B: Wrong. He must be given every chance to live, and the fact that no expense was spared for that spits in the face of the immorality and depravity of "kill shelters", the employees there who kill healthy animals are nothing but criminals.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Liliana Garcia
Liliana G3 years ago

Very touching! I presume the fund includes money enough for the rest of his life... cuddling is usually a sign of comfort and trust so there are positive feelings on his part even though there's still the question of just how much suffering was reasonable for him in order to keep up living.

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Mary B.
Mary B3 years ago

Animals do not lie around 'feeling sorry for themselves'. This poor cat should have been euthenized and spared the months of pain he had. Projecting 'courage and compassion onto him in order to justify prolonging his suffering is not acceptable. Loseing a loved pet is heart breaking, but this is so much worse for the animal.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Awwww... I have told you: animals rock!

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Lovely cat. At least he got his whiskers back! Bless him.

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Sheri D.
Sheri D3 years ago

Russell's story is amazing! Thank you to everyone who helped him along the way.

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Yolanda Aguilar
Yolanda Aguilar3 years ago

Russell is a hero ... my hero !!!!!

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