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Cat's 26 toes help boost Milwaukee animal shelter

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GREENDALE, Wis. (AP) -- In a reversal of fortunes, a once-unwanted cat has come to the rescue of an animal shelter that needs a new home.

However, this orange-and-white tabby named Daniel is no typical cat. He has a near-record 26 toes, a phenomenon that is helping the nonprofit Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center raise money to relocate to a new building. Normal cats have 18 toes, but Daniel has two extra on each foot due to a genetic mutation.

Owner Amy Rowell is encouraging people to donate $26, or $1 for each of Daniel's toes.

The shelter has received enough money to secure the new building with about $80,000 raised since Oct. 24. Rowell says about $50,000 of the amount has come in $26 donations.

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