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On September 12th, 2013, a resident of Troutdale, Oregon snapped a photograph (shown below, left) of a homeless, feral cat missing its right eye. In hoping to find a new home for the injured animal, the photographer then shared the picture with friends on Facebook. On the following day, the one-eyed cat and his two siblings were brought into the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, all suffering from upper respiratory infections and calicivirus, a highly infectious feline disease. In addition, the one-eyed cat was also diagnosed with a broken jaw, flea anemia and a heart murmur. On September 14th, local resident Blazer Schaffer volunteered to foster the trio until they were healthy enough to be adopted. That same day, she submitted a photo of the newly-dubbed “Sir Stuffington” (shown below, right) on photo sharing site Imgur, where it gained more than 284,000 views and 360 comments in nine days.
On September 16th, Schaffer launched a Facebook fan page for the cat, which gained more than 28,000 likes within a week. On September 18th, she uploaded a photo album of Sir Stuffington dressed as a pirate, wearing a tiny eyepatch and red bandana, which was picked up by The Featured Creature on the following day in observance of the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the following days, photographs of Sir Stuffington were highlighted by major U.S. news outlets and popular internet culture blogs, including Headline News, Daily Mail, MotherJones, CNN, Animal Planet, Buzzfeed, Death and Taxes, Gawker, Paw Nation, the Huffington Post and MSN Now, as well as Portland’s local news outlets Oregon Live, Fox 12 Oregon and KGW Portland.
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Animal Planet – The Importance of Foster Homes: Sir Stuffington’s Story
Headline News – We’ve found the next Grumpy Cat, and he is the best
The Featured Creature – Arrgh! Meet Sir Stuffington: the Cutest Pirate Kitty of All Time
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