Mews and Nips: Tortie Accidentally Raises $1,000 for Animal Charities

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Who says you need opposable thumbs to make a difference in this world? Not Refurb, a tortoiseshell cat who raised $1,000 in donations to animal charities around the world. The cat’s photo made it to the front page of social media network Reddit after her image was shared on imgur, a photo sharing site. Someone jokingly asked Refurb’s human for an autograph, and he said sure, but only if the requestor provided proof of a $10 donation to an animal shelter or rescue group. Refurb’s human, Reddit user Akslfak, figured that’s where it would end – but it didn’t.

Refurb has now raised around $1,000 in donations. “I feel I should emphasize again how incredibly silly this whole thing was,” Akslfak wrote on Reddit on Tuesday. Midway through making prints of my cat’s paw to mail to complete strangers on the Internet, I stopped and said to myself ‘…what the hell am I doing?’ But it’s for a good cause, so hey!” Read the full story on The Huffington Post.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we told you about some very special cats who share their gift of purring with nursing home residents, on Tuesday, I announced that I’m the new Cats Expert at internet-based knowledge exchange Answers.com, on Wednesday, we did a follow up on Monday’s feature about therapy cats and explored what it takes for a cat to do this work, and on Friday, we reviewed the sequel to the wildly successful New York Times Bestseller A Street Cat Named Bob, titled The World According to Bob. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for Louie’s Box for your cat!

Today’s video features a return of the the sublimely silly cat riding a Roomba wearing a shark costume. The video has more than 4 million views by now, which just goes to show that you just never know – anything featuring a cat could go viral!

httpv://youtu.be/tLt5rBfNucc

Have a great weekend!

Photo of Refurb from imgur.

2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Tortie Accidentally Raises $1,000 for Animal Charities

  1. Connie
    August 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this line: Midway through making prints of my cat’s paw to mail to complete strangers on the Internet, I stopped and said to myself ‘…what the hell am I doing?’ But it’s for a good cause, so hey!

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  2. Sue Brandes
    August 17, 2013 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    I love Refurb’s story. That is great they raised that much money.

    Reply

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