A wanted – and virtual – orange tabby cat lends a helping paw to other strays, including a few locals.
The Nebraska Humane Society was one of two pet adoption agencies to receive copies of Stray, a new video game, to be raffled off. Additionally, two video gamers with local ties have hosted charity live streams with proceeds going to the Humane Society.
In total, the safehouse near 90th and Fort streets brought in more than $12,000, thanks to the video game, said marketer Brendan Gepson.
In the game, players navigate the adventurous feline through an aging industrial landscape as it does normal cat tricks – balancing on railings, stepping on keyboards and knocking things off shelves – to solve puzzles. puzzles and evade enemies.
Gepson said Annapurna Interactive, the game’s publisher, contacted Humane Society officials in early June to partner with the video game’s release.
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The shelter received four copies of the game to give away. He solicited $5 donations to enter a raffle to win one.
In just under a week, they raised more than $7,000 from about 550 donors, Gepson said. The majority of donors, he added, were newbies. The donors came from outside the state, including one from Germany and another from Malta.
After fundraising, Annapurna Interactive donated just over $1,000 to the shelter.
Later, two players with local ties live-streamed their game. One of the streamers is the cat parent of a Humane Society alumnus.
“It’s really heartwarming to see all the support coming from all these people who have never interacted with us or their local animal shelter before,” Gepson said. “Sometimes working in an animal shelter, not everything you see is the most uplifting. That support has been amazing.
And the game describes what it’s like to live or work with cats, Gepson said. Additionally, it has a designated button to let the unnamed cat character meow at any time.
“Watching your cat get up off a counter and knock things over is really beautiful,” he said. “It’s a good game. A lot of people look at it and think it’s just a cat simulator. It’s a bit more impactful than people think.
The Humane Society has around 80 cats up for adoption right now, many of which are kittens.
And if you’re looking for an orange tabby similar to Stray’s main character, you’re in luck. Garfield, 5, is up for adoption at the Humane Society.
Related to his pal Nova – a brown tabby cat – Garfield is described as tall, friendly and affectionate.
Garfield’s page on the Humane Society website reads, “Nova and I can’t wait to climb a cat tree and lie in a sunny window.”
This report includes material from The Associated Press.
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