Why Augie the cat has 82 new owners
WHOEVER said good things came in small parcels must have met Augie the cat.
A few months ago, the feline ball of fur was just another cat sharing limited space at Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
Today, Augie is the undisputed king of Tricare Kawana Waters nursing home where 82 residents vie for his attention.
Augie landed the cushiest of jobs late last year when staff at the nursing home thought it might be nice if residents had a shared pet.
"We've noticed a few of the residents were distressed when they moved in because they weren't able to bring their pets with them," administrative officer Megan Denman said.
"It's understandable because pets play such a big part in their lives.
"A few of them raised the fact that they would like to have a pet here and we thought it would be nice to bring a bit of a homely vibe to the place."
Volunteers from the animal refuge were already making regular visits with dogs, so it wasn't hard to organise a cat to take up residency.
"When they called and asked if we had a suitable cat, we looked around and saw that Augie was a very friendly boy who liked sitting on laps and having a cuddle," the refuge's Penny Brischke said.
"He was just perfect for them.
"We have a lot of cats available for adoption.
"We would love to see more of them go into aged care residential facilities.
"It happens occasionally but we would love to see it more often."
Ms Denman said Augie had made a huge difference since his arrival late last year.
"He brings such joy to the residents - it's lovely to see the smiles on their faces," she said.
"The day before he arrived we had a new resident who was crying the whole day because she had to leave her little dog behind.
"It was perfect timing because he just sat on her bed day and night when he first arrived.
"They've become best friends.
"But he does the rounds of the place.
"He'll sleep for a few hours in his special chair, then wander away.
"And we'll find him asleep on someone's bed.
"It's a perfect arrangement."
If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge on 5494 5275