MILWAUKEE — 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 six 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.