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Wis. shelter helped by cat's 26 toes to close

Center looking to relocate 28 animals

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A Milwaukee area animal shelter that turned a cat's near-record 26 toes into a fundraising windfall is closing.

In 2011, the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center started asking for $26 donations -- or $1 for each of the cat's toes -- for a new building after finding out its rent was doubling.

Normal cats have 18 toes, but Daniel the cat has two extra on each foot due to a genetic mutation.

Center owner Amy Rowell says they ended up raising about $120,000 and bought a Greenfield building, with Daniel as the mascot. But Rowell says fundraising has dried up and they are losing too much money in property maintenance and overhead.

She hopes to find homes for the remaining 28 animals by the end of July. Rowell is adopting Daniel.

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