Tomcat Visits Elderly Veterans And Comforts Them In A Time Of Need

The Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia turned to an animal shelter for the latest addition to their staff. There, they adopted a cat named 'Tom.' The sweet, gentle ginger cat brings much comfort and happiness to patients at the center.

Tom is about as cute and cuddly as cats come, and the medical center in Salem is glad to have him on board. Tom makes his 'rounds' every day, going from room to room, bringing love and smiles to all the patients.

There's something incredibly therapeutic about furry animals. The Salem center is not the first medical center to make use of animals to help bring warmth and comfort to the residents. Chief nurse Dottie Rizzo got the idea in 2012 after reading 'Making Rounds with Oscar,' a book about a geriatric doctor who used a cat to comfort dementia patients.

“Tom knows when someone is having a hard time. He laid on my bed a lot and I rubbed and scratched him the way cats like,” said patient James Gearhart to TODAY.com.

Tom doesn't only watch over the patients; he also comforts staff having a hard time. When a veteran passes away, Tom helps comfort the grieving staff.

The hospital does have a designated 'no cat zone' where Tom isn't allowed, but he freely roams the rest of the halls checking in on the humans, and he's there to offer a little cuddling and purring to those in need.

Source: Little Things
Photo: Salem VA Medical Center via Little Things

This adorable tomcat comforts those that need it most!

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