Russell is an American Manx cat. His house was burnt down and although they thought he was dead, a badly burnt Russell managed to survive although burnt so badly he would need hospital care for months and many operations.
Despite the pain Russell is in, the changes in his body and the difficulties the burns present to him he remains loving, cheerful and happy.
Russell has charmed so many peoples lives that donations for his surgeries and medical care have exceeded what is needed to make him better. The donations have come from all over the world.
His most recent surgery has been to his eyelids to allow them to close fully, he will be having more operations in a few weeks time.
I think that the message Russell is giving us all is that there is always HOPE, never ever give up on life because there is always hope for a future.
He tells us that with enduring STRENGTH of character you CAN over come any adversity in your life.
With LOVE, life is full of possibilities
No matter how bad your life is at the moment, no matter how much pain you are going through - think of Russell Cat and he shows you that the situation is not permanent and there IS light at the end of the tunnel.
Russell may be "just" a cat but this cat is the most amazing soul I have ever had the privilege of knowing. His message is powerful and inspiring.
I will continue to watch Russell's progress and the team who are giving him so much love and care until one day I am confident that he will return to his home...... I was going to say that he would return home as a happy cat but how can he do that? No matter what pain and suffering he is in..... he remains a very happy cat.
You can follow Russell's progress on facebook.