The Best of the Road RV continues to make its way across the country searching for America’s best small towns. Our road warrior,  Allison Otto,  is capturing the wonders of Small Town America.

Check out Allison’s latest dispatch from the road, where she meets Joplin’s celebrity cat that’s survived nearly nine lives:

When the Best of the Road RV stopped in Joplin, MO, I had the great fortune to film Percy Katz, a Russian Blue cat and former stray who is the official greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex and has gained a bit of celebrity status. Since Percy, who has greeted visitors from around the world for the last 12 years, is the unofficial mascot of the town, his cancer and a subsequent kidnapping episode made front-page news in Joplin.

Percy, Joplin’s celebrity cat, poses for his close-up.

I was a bit nervous to film Percy, as cats aren’t always interested in posing for the camera. But Percy was wonderful, and with the help of museum director Brad Belk (and a bag or 2 of cat treats) we got some fun shots for a web video. It was obvious how much Percy means to the community. Percy even “wrote” a regular history column (with the help of the museum staff, of course) for the children’s section of the local paper, and every year he donates to Joplin’s humane society.

By the end of the day, Percy had taken up residence on my camera bag, making it difficult to leave, but I would have gladly stayed longer with this gentleman!

Joplin gives a big welcome to Best of the Road.

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