Anchorage Animal Control wins $10,000 prize for cat’s adoption story

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage Animal Care and Control was awarded a $10,000 check Wednesday after the heartwarming story of a local cat’s adoption won a national competition.

Hill’s Shelter Tales Contest calls on shelters across the country to submit their most memorable animal adoption stories. AACC’s submission was the story of Linus, a stray kitten who came into the shelter about a year ago. The cat had deformities in both eyes and was in need of surgery.

Linus was fostered by kennel supervisor Sue Mayo, who took such a liking to the cat that she ultimately decided to adopt her. Click HERE to read Linus’s award winning story in full.

AACC spokesperson Laura Atwood says the prize money will primarily go towards veterinary expenses for animals at the shelter. Besides giving the animals the care they need, the money will also help more pets find loving homes.

“We get a lot of animals who come in who maybe have been injured, or maybe it’s an older cat and it’s very skinny or it’s very overweight, so you’re thinking this animal may have thyroid issues,” Atwood said.

“We will now be able to pull from these funds and get that animal to a vet and have blood work done, or have x-rays done for that fracture, so it just allows us to do a lot more for the animals in our care.”

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