Anchorage Animal Care and Control competes in $10K competition

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Officials with Anchorage Animal Care and Control are competing with shelters across the country in a $10,000 contest to tell the best adoption story.

According to AACC public relations coordinator Laura Atwood, this is the first time the facility has entered the Hill's Shelter Tales contest. Atwood is urging the community to rally behind the adoption story of a local stray named Linus, who was adopted by a longtime employee.

Linus wasn't the prettiest cat, and she needed medical attention in both of her eyes, but her personality shined through.

“One thing I remember about Linus when she first came was she seemed to have a big mouth, always talking,” said 14-year veteran kennel supervisor Sue Mayo. “It seemed like every time I passed her cage, she would scream at me.”

Mayo fostered Linus before finally adopting her. She took her in for multiple eye operations and has cared for her ever since.

It wasn’t long before Linus became at the official "spokescat" for Anchorage Animal Care and Control. Her image and personality has been used in promotions to help convince potential pet-owners to adopt.

Now officials are hoping the Anchorage community can back Linus and Sue, as their story could bring new funding to the facility.

“That money would go towards medical assistance for animals here at the shelter as well as animals when they're adopted,” said Atwood.

AACC is competing against animal shelters across the country for the grand prize

The voting ends on the night of Oct. 10. To read the entry, click here.