Stray is not only critically acclaimed but also very popular with gamers and cat lovers.

Thanks to a selection from fans, a ton of money was raised to help various animal shelters and rescue organizations take in and treat the homeless cats in their care.

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Speaking to PBS News Hour, Nebraska Humane Society’s Brendan Gepson said the shelter sold several game codes through his Twitter account. At sales of $5 each, the first fundraiser raised approximately $8,000.

Rafael Almeida, a volunteer at Brazilian animal shelter Gatos De Francisca, held a raffle that raised enough money to neuter 25 cats. One streamer was able to raise just over $1,500 for cats in 30 minutes, and Stray Cat Relief Fund’s Debbie Distanisloa and her team raised $6,500 through a 5K walkathon sponsored by Stray’s publisher Annapurna Interactive .

Wonderful news, that. There are so many homeless pets out there that deserve your love. And unfortunately, many of them don’t make it out of public housing. I won’t give you the exact stats because it will break your heart as much as it did me, but cat euthanasia rates are almost twice as high as dog euthanasia in shelters in the US. Six states have euthanasia rates 50% higher than others, with Texas topping the list.

In the US, according to the ASPCA, only 31% of cats are from a shelter or humane society, and around 27% of cats are acquired as strays. And did you know that black kittens are the least adopted? Likewise with dogs.

Because of this, black cats unfortunately have one of the highest euthanasia and lowest adoption rates in the country. The Kentucky Humane Society states that because of their common color, they are often “overlooked” in favor of those with “more diverse color patterns”. However, Psychology Today notes that in some cases this can be traced back to an outdated belief system, while other reasons range from nonsensical superstitions, an inability to read black cats’ emotions, and the fact that some think they are less “friendly.” and more aggressive” than other colored ones.

All nonsense. Black cats rock just like any other color. People drive me crazy.

So please adopt a pet or two from a local animal shelter or rescue center and consider getting a black one. And should you come across an actual stray or wild animal (not someone else’s cat roaming around), help the poor baby. Contact your local Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) program. This group of volunteers will humanely capture the cat (the universal symbol that they have been neutered and vaccinated), spay or neuter, vaccinate and earplug before returning them to their outdoor home. If the cat is deemed adoptable, the program usually does its best to find the pet a foster home, shelter, rescue, or forever home to rest their purring little head.

Developed by BlueTwelve Studio, Stray follows the story of a cat who falls into a city populated by bacteria, machines and robots. On a quest to return home with the help of a drone companion, the duo must do their best to avoid the Zurks and Sentinels attempting to kill them.

Stray was nominated for six awards at The Game Awards 2022, including Game of the Year and Best Game Direction. Instead, it won Best Independent Game and Best Debut Indie Game. It is currently nominated at the 26th Annual DICE Awards for Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Artistic Direction. Stray helps rescue real homeless cats