Although a hospital may seem an unlikely place to meet a dignified sir of noble blood, UC San Francisco is the one place you’re most likely to cross paths with a duke of the feline variety.
Duke Ellington Morris is a cat like no other.
To the ICU patients of this San Francisco hospital, Duke Ellington Morris (or just ‘Duke’ for short) is as kingly as they come.
It is in the ICU that Duke serves as a therapy cat for the ill and injured.
Since his adoption by the 5-year-old Isa and her mother Jennifer, Duke has been blessing people with his gentle presence – soothing hearts and spreading love wherever he goes.
He has come a long way from his humble beginning in a colony of feral cats.
San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program approved this respectable feline as a member and he has been calming patients ever since.
Elizabeth Fernandez, senior public information representative at UCSF, had the following to say about Duke:
“He’s an absolutely lovely, lovely cat.
He’s so patient.
I’ve watched him in action a number of times and he’s given such consolation to our patients, and to our staff.”
Duke is the only cat in the program, but he is definitely not out of place.
Rolling in on a cart pushed by Jennifer, Duke gets plenty of looks, but what would such an illustrious cat be without his very own throne?
Check him out in the pictures below: