Oreo, a handsome tuxie who heads the staff at a Cleveland, OH nursing home recently exploded in fame online after his employer published a youtube video purrmoting his work.
“Oreo found us,” says Dana Carns, director of advancement at St. Augustine Health Ministries.
She wandered in to the facility about five years ago. She quickly went to work caring for its 200 residents, which includes the aging as well as victims of brain injuries.
“Oreo is not a ‘lap cat’ but likes to be close,” Carns said. “She loves to have her head scratched. Residents, staff and the children from our early learning center, look for Oreo. She is most often the greeter.”
She purrvides comfort and love to residents and employees from her residence on the main floor of the nursing home.
Carns notes that some residents have brought their own cats to live with them over the years, but it rarely works out. It’s hard for the cats to adjust to the hustle and bustle of the facility.
“I’m not sure if Oreo was in need of us, or we were in need of Oreo,” Carns said. “But she’s a great addition to our family.”