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Paws for a cause: Cat with 26 toes helps save animal shelter

Milwaukee shelter owner Amy Rowell was touring an animal control center when she bent down to look at a cat in a cage.To greet her, tabby Daniel reached out a paw. Rowell took notice – because Daniel has 26 toes! A genetic mutation called polydactylism gave him two extra toes on each foot."He was very clearly saying, 'I need to be rescued, I'd like to be your friend, please pay attention to me,
The nonprofit Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale, Wis., is receiving donations, $26 at a time, $1 for each of Daniel's toes.
The nonprofit Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale, Wis., is receiving donations, $26 at a time, $1 for each of Daniel's toes.Carrie Antlfinger / AP
Daniel, a cat with two extra toes on each of his feet, has a genetic mutation called polydactylism.Carrie Antlfinger / AP

Milwaukee shelter owner Amy Rowell was touring an animal control center when she bent down to look at a cat in a cage.

To greet her, tabby Daniel reached out a paw. Rowell took notice – because Daniel has 26 toes! A genetic mutation called polydactylism gave him two extra toes on each foot.

Most cats have 18 toes, but Daniel has 26. Still, he's two toes shy of making the Guinness record.Carrie Antlfinger / AP

"He was very clearly saying, 'I need to be rescued, I'd like to be your friend, please pay attention to me,'" Rowell told the Associated Press. "And when a sign is that obvious, we tend to not ignore it."

So Rowell rescued the kitty – and now, he's rescuing her right back.

The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale can't afford its rent, reports the AP, so Rowell has to buy a new building. And Daniel's helping: Donations are pouring in, $26 at a time – $1 for each of Daniel's toes.

Of the $120,000 needed, $80,000 has been raised since Oct. 24; about $50K of that money came from Daniel-inspired donors.

The nonprofit Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale, Wis., is receiving donations, $26 at a time, $1 for each of Daniel's toes.Carrie Antlfinger / AP

He's just two toes shy of making the Guinness record.