Rescue cat who was ‘life of the campus’ graduates alongside proud owner

A student and her cat became so inseparable that they graduated together when he became a 'celebrity around campus.'

Hailee Weader rescued Salem when he was just 7 weeks old and had two broken legs.

But once he received medical help, he became the 'sassiest' support animal for Hailee who suffers from panic attacks – leading her to take him on campus with her.

Speaking to the Dodo, she said: "If it's been a bad day or I'm having a panic attack, he'll come sit on me or nuzzle beside me and start kneading my legs and purring.

“He's definitely been a comfort through everything this past year.”

Hailee would often be seen walking around campus pushing him in a cat stroller as other students would stop them and pet him for a while.

The little black cat became a minor celebrity and in her final year, the soon to be graduate realised she couldn't cope with the pressure of the ceremony without her most supportive friend.

So on Graduation Day, Hailee bought Salem his very own cap and gown so they could graduate together.

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She said: "Everyone was gushing and adored his outfit all around.

“It all worked out, and we were able to enjoy our ceremony and celebrate.”

In other support animal news, an emotional support dog was rescued from New York subway tunnels.

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Lucy, who used to be a rescue puppy before becoming an emotional support dog for an elderly woman, escaped from her apartment in Manhattan and ran into a subway station on Saturday.

Luckily Lucy was found about ten hours laters after she was spotted by a train conductor.

She had made it all the way to 34th Street according to Molly who raced with MTA personnel to finally find the lost pooch.

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