You can help the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven by voting for Hercules online. (Submitted)

You can help the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven by voting for Hercules online. (Submitted)

Senior shelter cat, Hercules, needs your vote to help Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven

The 12-year-old cat is one of 12 ‘underdog’ finalists in the North American contest which ends today

Hercules needs your vote.

The senior cat who’s up for adoption at Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven is one of 12 finalists from across North America in a contest hosted by a local pet food company.

Chilliwack-based Petcurean’s Uplift the Underdog: Cat Edition contest brings awareness to overlooked rescue cats all over the U.S. and Canada who are in desperate need of fur-ever homes.

Today is the last day for people to vote for their favourite “underdog cat” as the contest closes at the end of Monday, Feb. 24.

All finalists will take home a one year supply of Petcurean cat food, have their adoption fee paid for, and score a donation of 2,000 meals of Petcurean pet food that will be donated to their local shelter to support the important work they’re doing to help animals looking for their ‘fur-ever’ homes in their communities.

At the end of the voting period today, the top nominees in both the US and Canada will also receive a three-year supply of food from Petcurean.

You can help the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven by voting for Hercules here.

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The 12 finalists, including Hercules, are:

Bogart of Hamilton, Ontario, 5 years old

Ernesto of Toronto, Ontario, 12 years old

Matilda of Smiths Falls, Ontario, 15 years old

Ziva of Bedford, Nova Scotia, 8 years old

Moe of Edmonton, Alberta, 1 year old

Hercules of Chilliwack, British Columbia, 12 years old

Sammie of Plymouth, Minnesota, 3 years old

Cayenne & Ashton Lee of Medford, Oregon, 15 and 13 years old

Cye of Longview, Texas, 4 years old

Bjorn of Troy, Michigan, 5 years old

Francine of Sacramento, California, 10 years old

Sullivan of Covington Township, Pennsylvania, 4 years old

Each year, 860,000 animals in shelters across the U.S. are euthanized while 38 per cent of the 81,000 cats taken into Canadian shelters last year were not adopted, meaning they were also either euthanized or will spend the rest of their lives in a cage.

This contest brings awareness to the many adoptable and deserving cats in shelters who are looking for their furever families, in particular the “underdogs,” the ones that are often overlooked due to their age, temperament, health, or other barriers that may prevent them from being otherwise adopted.

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