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Mr. Pickles once lived a pretty hard life.

The cat’s owner had been in and out of the hospital, often leaving the poor guy to fend for himself. But the clever animal was eventually able to find a source of food at the Bayview Retirement Community in Seattle, Washington, where delighted tenants would give him snacks.

“He showed up on our doorstep a few times and of course there were soft-hearted people that thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just give him something to eat,’ so he kept coming back,” Birdi Adams, a resident of the community, says in the video above.

This went on for quite a while, and the centre’s residents eventually began bonding with Mr. Pickles. Then, one day, something different happened when he came by for another round of treats.

“He figured out how the glass double doors worked in front of the building and just strode in,” Marketing Director Sue Donovan said. “Everyone fell in love with him and thought he was so cute.”

Seeing that his cat had found a new home, and perhaps realizing that he couldn’t properly care for his pet anymore, the owner visited the centre and offered to let them keep the animal. Needless to say, they were thrilled to accept the offer.

Ever since then, Mr. Pickles has been adored by all. He follows residents out on their morning walks, hangs out with the groundskeeper and gets involved in just about everything they do.

“He comes to all our events. If we have a party downstairs he’s right there in the middle of it,” resident Marion Watanabe said.

Slowly, the cat that once needed a rescue began helping the folks that once did the same for him. He’s practically become an in-house confidant.

“I’ve seen people who don’t like people talk only to Mr. Pickles,” Donovan said.

To see the little guy in action, check out the video, above. You just might want to grab a tissue first.