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Cat's 26 toes save Wis. animal shelter
Behold the power of paws: Wisconsin cat with 26 toes helps raise $120,000 for shelter
By The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) ' Behold the power of paws.

The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in suburban Milwaukee parlayed a cat's near-record 26 toes into a fundraising windfall, raising $125,000 in about seven weeks.

Center owner Amy Rowell started asking for $26 donations ' or $1 per toe ' on Oct. 31. She wanted to raise money for a new building after finding out her rent at a Greendale mall would double Jan. 1.

Rowell had raised $80,000 by Friday, when The Associated Press reported Daniel's story. The center raised an additional $45,000 by Wednesday, surpassing its $120,000 goal. The biggest number of contributions came from $26 donations.

Rowell says she saved Daniel, Daniel saved the center and now he'll save other animals.

She hopes to raise an additional $230,000 to pay off the mortgage.

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