Georgie the Royal Jubilee Cat Moves On May 08 2017
Georgie with her unofficial Royal Jubilee Hospital ID tag. (Lauren Quain)
A Calico cat named Georgie has been a beloved visitor and staff member at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C.
Lauren Quain is Georgie's owner and she says a year after the cat came to live with her, the feline started to venture across Victoria's busy Richmond Road to reach the hospital.
"I started getting more and more calls," Quain said.
"And then she came home one day with what looked like a hospital ID tag, with a little picture of herself on it."
Loved by both staff members and patients at the hospital, Georgie was given the name Georgie, the Royal Jubilee Cat. She made her rounds visiting patients, giving them much needed comfort and affection. She hung out with staff in the office, making herself comfortable on desks and equipment.
Quain says she eventually had to put her own tag on Georgie, asking people not to feed her because she was putting on too much weight.
After the hospital foundation put a picture of Georgie on Instagram, Quain said it was time to create a Facebook page. She now has over 2,000 followers online.
Quain would receive sweet messages and pictures from adoring staff members and patients at the hospital.
"Most people would speak to her directly," Quain said, "I would get lots of pictures of people with her.
"I would get messages, some really heartfelt, some were hard to read because people really took to her when they were having a hard time with a loved one in the hospital or they were in the hospital."
Skye Kervin says her boyfriend was a patient at the Jubilee who had been severely burned and was undergoing skin grafts.
It was an experience she describes as "very scary," but adds Georgie made it easier.
"She was the one thing we looked forward to each day," Kervin said.
"She became part of our routine, going out to find this sweet little furball who could lift your spirits with a single headbutt."
Kervin adds that she was saddened to hear that Georgie is moving on to new pastures.
Despite the positive feedback from both patients and staff, Quain made a decision to send Georgie to a new home in Mission, B.C.
Quain says there were increasing concerns about patients with allergies, and she also worried about her safety as Georgie knew how elevators worked, and would often wait until the doors opened and go inside. Even taking herself to other floors while staff members weren't looking.
Georgie now lives near a lake in Mission, B.C and has lots of room to roam free with no hospitals or clinics near by. Quain says this is probably a blessing!