Resident Cat Provides Comfort in Retirement Community’s Health Center

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Frankie resides at Bayview Retirement Community’s Health Center in Queen Anne, Seattle. Frankie was rescued after his owner passed away. He was at a facility in Kingston when we saw his photo and adoption information online. He was two-and-a-half years old when he came to live with us at Bayview.


At first he was quite scared and shy. He stayed in the office for the first few weeks. Then he gradually became a “regular” at activity programs. Later on, he started exploring the halls and began visiting residents in their rooms. Several times he has done vigils with the dying of his own accord.

As seen in the photo below, Frankie initiated a vigil with this gentleman, visiting him up to six times per day until his passing. The resident was missing his own cat, so Frankie provided an available substitute. Towards the end of his journey, Frankie sat on the resident’s chest and put his arms around him. The family of the resident said that having Frankie there really eased his pain.


Frankie is more than just a cat at Bayview Retirement Community. He has taught us about peace, joy, and living in the now. He moves quietly but his impact is bigger than life.

Story submitted by Lynn Arntuffus from Seattle, Washington.

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