Lovelorn mog takes on new role

Cupid has struck a Palmerston North hospice on Valentine's Day - taking the unusual form of a cat.

A mysterious feline intruder has been dubbed "Valentine" by residents of Arohanui Hospice, after the unidentified moggy showed up and made itself at home in the ambulance bay on the romantic day.

Hospice staff suspected the cat may have stowed away under an ambulance or perhaps came in from the garden, so they put him back outdoors, expecting him to disappear.

But his persistent miaow outside every entrance prompted staff to take pity on him and they let him indoors, to the hospice patients' delight.

Valentine has already been sleeping around, inpatient charge nurse Kate Timmons said. "The patients, of course, already quite like him. He is lovely. He is really friendly with the patients and clearly enjoys being here."

The cat has a collar but is not microchipped and the SPCA has been unable to locate his owner.

Arohanui Hospice staff are appealing for the cat's owner to come forward and claim him, by calling (06) 356 6606.

Manawatu Standard