Here at Harmony Veterinary Hospital, we believe no animal clinic is truly complete without a mascot.
We also believe some of the best hospital mascots are those that happen to find their way into a hospital via a difficult road– which is exactly what our hospital kitty Russell did. He found his way into our lives, our hospital, and our hearts at the perfect time and became a permanent resident of our clinic. We are so proud of our mascot Russell that we have officially given him the title of Hospital Ambassador. You might not be able to ask him personally (unless you happen to speak “cat”), but we are pretty sure our kitty is proud of the title. If you pay close attention when you visit, you’ll see he spends a lot of time wandering around to make sure his kingdom is well cared for. Russel is often to be found reigning over his domain on top of the Keurig, waiting to serve you a warm drink!
Here is a brief look into Ambassador Russell’s story – and how he came to live with us.
Russell joined the Harmony Animal Hospital family in early 2010. He was found running around outside a church where he jumped into the arms of a Harmony Animal Hospital client. He had no collar or microchip and was not neutered; thus, Russell made his way into our hearts as a stray who just wanted to be loved.
During his first few weeks with us, we searched for his owners but ultimately determined he was in fact a cat without a home, and due to his sweet disposition, we gladly welcomed him into our family. It didn’t take long for Russell to feel perfectly at home and decide he liked his position as Ambassador very much.
Role of Ambassador
While his official title is Hospital Kitty, Russell insists he is much more than a mere “pet.” Rather, he sees himself as a sophisticated trouble maker — one that doesn’t mind taking responsibility for his mischief either. After all, where’s the fun in doing something wrong without being able to watch the faces of horror of those around you?
When Russell is not sleeping on hospital keyboards or watching Animal Planet in the lobby, he enjoys wine tastings, bow tie conventions, and watching James Bond movie marathons. Russell is also a very unique male cat who absolutely adores kittens and can be found grooming, loving and tending to litters of kittens that are brought into Harmony, and he continues to take care of the Hospital, our team, and all the patients and clients that find their way to us.