Bruce the Cat, Dunedin’s most famous cat, will celebrate his third birthday on 3 November. To celebrate the milestone no one ever thought he would meet, Bruce is raising funds for local charity Cat Rescue Dunedin.
Bruce shot to internet stardom after being found on a footpath when he was just one day old. At first he was fed with a tiny syringe and then a little bottle as he was slowly nursed to health. In the meantime his story went viral online, and he now has 39K Facebook fans and 5K Instagram fans. He has even had a story book, Bruce Finds A Home, written about him!
In lieu of birthday presents Bruce is choosing to support local charity Cat Rescue Dunedin this year. Cat Rescue Dunedin is a registered charitable trust committed to the rescue and care of wild-born and abandoned cats and kittens. They rescue, rehabilitate, de-sex and re-home hundreds of cats and kittens each year.
“Not only does Cat Rescue Dunedin support cats and kittens in need – it also helps save native birds,” Bruce says. “Getting cats off the streets is great for the cats, and it’s great for wildlife too. I hope you’ll join me in supporting the tireless Cat Rescue volunteers in their work to make Dunedin a better place for vulnerable animals.”
After reaching his initial fundraising target of $300 in just two days, Bruce now hopes to raise $600 for Cat Rescue Dunedin - $200 for every year of his short but adventurous life.
The Givealittle fundraiser closes on 6 November.
Visit Bruce’s Givealittle page.
Photograph by Kalee Jackson.
Three great reasons to get your next pet from a shelter
Blog post by Shamintha Kumar, ‘Bruce Finds A Home’ Digital Content Coordinator.
Thankfully, not every pet is found lying on a footpath like Bruce was. If you’re thinking about getting a new pet, here are three reasons to consider adopting an animal from your local shelter:
And if you do happen to find a pet (it happens - both Bruce and his "big sister" Jager were found), remember to get them neutered. That way you can help break the cycle of stray and homeless animals.
Hello, my name's Bruce. Mum found me when I was just one day old. She and my dad are keeping me warm and fed with help from my other new human friends.
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