More than 1,000 people have pledged money to cover the veterinary costs of the Internet-famous Colonel Meow.
The feline dictator’s “mother,” Anne Marie Avey, posted on the cat’s Facebook page last week that Colonel Meow was in the hospital and doctors weren’t sure what was wrong with him.
The 2-year-old cat, who holds the Guinness World Record for longest cat fur, has already survived surgery and a blood transfusion, according to Avey.
On Thursday, Avey created a donation page to cover the cost of Colonel Meow’s medical bills, and the cat-loving Internet rallied, raising $15,000 in just six hours.
Although the donation goal has been met, the Colonel’s “minions” continue to donate and have since raised more than $20,000.
Avey said in a video posted to Facebook that she’s overcome by the kindness and generosity of strangers.
"To hear things from people all over the world who love him as much as I do helps me get through every day," she said.
In the video, she promises to donate any additional funds to pet owners who are also struggling to cover vet bills.
For now, the Himalayan-Persian crossbreed is still in the hospital, but according to a Nov. 24 update on his Facebook page, he’s finally up and walking around.
Colonel Meow became an Internet hit earlier this year when Avery and her husband started posting pictures of the cat and his “epic frown” on Facebook and Instagram, characterizing the cat as a scotch-loving, dog-hating dictator.
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