Animal shelters across the country are constantly going above and beyond to help the animals in their care, working around the clock to ensure all the animals have clean water, adequate food, plenty of outside time and necessary medical care. And for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, located in Maine, sometimes going above and beyond to help animals means getting creative to make sure the animals in their care are comfortable.

Meet Dougie, the 15-year-old ginger cat who is currently calling the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland his home. Dougie loves to be held and when he isn’t getting attention, he meows so loud it can be “heard from galaxies far away,” the animal shelter wrote on Facebook. But of course, holding a cat in your arms all day isn’t really all that conducive to working (don’t tell the cat that). So Feline team member Robert Weimer came up with a solution to make everyone happy!

“We thought creatively and decided a baby Bjorn allowed Robert to both hold Dougie and do his job effectively,” the shelter posted on Facebook along with the adorable photo.

The cuteness is overwhelming! Thank you, Robert, for your kindness!


And we have happy news for Dougie! Dougie had been receiving medical treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and was just recently put up for adoption. After photos of Robert carrying Dougie went viral, Dougie found a new home! We are confident his new humans are holding him every chance they get.

Even though Dougie may have found his forever home, there are still dozens of cats waiting for a lap to call their own. 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized every day due to shelter overcrowding and limited funds, but we can help stop this. Saving one animal may not solve the pet homelessness problem for good, but for that one animal, their life is changed forever. If you’re thinking of adding a loyal best friend to your family, please remember to always adopt and never shop.

For more information on the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the amazing work they do on behalf of our furry friends, visit their website. And don’t forget to share Dougie’s heartwarming story with all the cat lovers you know!

Image source: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland/Facebook