DONATIONS are coming in fast for funding to set up a memorial statue for a well-loved cat.
Brutus “The Morrisons cat”, from Saltney, who rose to fame after spending every day at the town’s store, died last week after a long battle with illness.
A JustGiving page has now been set up by owners Claire and Adam Owens, who need to raise £5,000 in order to set up a statue of Brutus made in his memory and placed in Morrisons, so he can “still greet his adoring fans”.
The tabby, who moved with Claire and Adam to Saltney in 2009, was a regular fixture at the town’s store since its construction two years later.
The first donation on the JustGiving page for Brutus came in on Tuesday, and since then donations have been flooding in and more than £1,400 has been raised.
Claire said: “We are devastated, but there are also thousands of devastated fans locally, nationally and internationally!
“The number of messages I've received have been overwhelming. It makes us happy to know that he brightened so many peoples lives.
“We thought that a memorial to honour Brutus is only fitting, so that people can still say hello to him and have something to remember him by.
“Many people have expressed their wish for something to be placed in Morrisons and so this is what we are raising the money for.”
Brutus fell ill over the Christmas period, and despite a brave fight, did not pull through.
Brutus has won the hearts of thousands of Morrisons shoppers as well as his Facebook followers from all over the world.
He has been visiting the store since it was built in 2010 and became a familiar face to those who regularly shopped in the Saltney supermarket.
Claire said: “He delighted children and adults alike with his cheeky ‘cattitude’, investigating shopping in people’s trolleys as they left the store, jumping into cars to take a look inside, sneaking down the pet food aisle to see what kind of offers were on, and just generally being there daily for everyone to love and fuss.
“He had a gorgeous fluffy face and strutted around like he owned the place and he loved the camera!”
In October 2013 Brutus was diagnosed with a condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease, a condition he would have had since birth and sadly there was no cure.
Tributes have flooded in for the popular cat who boasted more than 11,000 followers on his Facebook page.
Claire added: “You’d have weird moments where you’d feel like a bit of a celebrity because of him.
“I’ve had loads of messages both in public and private.
“Every time I read one, it makes me cry a bit and makes you realise how much people cared about him and what he meant to them.
“It’s quite moving reading all the comments and I’m trying to reply to as many as I can.”
Brutus’ owner confirmed she was keeping his social media profiles active to invite people to share their memories of meeting the famous cat.
The JustGiving page for Brutus’ statue is at ??www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/Brutus
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