Early this year, the residents of St. Augustine Health Ministries retirement center noticed a black-and-white cat hanging around. She would linger outside and sit with residents as they waited for their rides. She was sweet and friendly, and everyone loved having her around.
Soon the cat, whom they named Oreo, started showing up inside the center. One day the reception found Oreo sitting in her seat — as if ready to welcome visitors. She knew the stray cat wasn’t going anywhere, and had adopted the center as her home.
Many programs for the elderly have animals as part of their therapy, since pets have been proven to reduce stress and simply foster a sense of connection at an often lonely age.
But Oreo seems to have appointed herself official therapy cat for St. Augustine’s, where she wanders freely, bringing a homelike atmosphere wherever she goes.
The residents love petting her, and the workers love having her around. They see Oreo as part of the family. And she is — a beloved member of a community she discovered on her own.
Watch Oreo’s story below, and see her sweet nature in action…