For the past 16 years, Junior has comforted numerous patients and brought relief to those who need it the most. Unlike most hospital workers, Junior is a 17-year old cat who was recently given theĀ University Health System’s volunteer of the year award in 2014.

His owner said, “He was rescued down on a farm in the Rio Grande valley, and dumped there as a kitten. I’ve had him ever since and he’s just been an incredible cat, and so cut out for the work he does.”

To read more about the therapy cat that’s retiring, click here.