Bruce has gone from hanging on to life by the barest of threads to becoming an internet celebrity in just over a year, as you will soon see, a lot can happen in one year.
We first posted Bruce’s story on the kittencatpost in February 2016, when Bruce was first found in the pouring rain by his soon to be new Mom Kathryn van Beek.”Not making a sound he was crawling along on his belly, he was probably trying to find his Mum. “Poor little mite,” Kathryn told lovemeow. She immediately picked him up and took him home, giving him the meal he so desperately needed. Had she not found Bruce as he came to be called, he probably would not have survived the night.”
You can find out more on his harrowing start to life here. Since then Bruce has become somewhat of an international celebrity with a huge following of dedicated fans worldwide. Though he has not let this got to his head, quite the contrary, along with his owner Bruce has become part of The Animal Rescue Network using his new found fame to help other animals who were not quite as lucky as he was.
Now Bruce has a new tale to tell, a new tale for a rescued kitten.
Bruce’s tale very nearly didn’t start at all. A year and a half ago the bedraggled one-day old kitten was alone on a footpath in the rain.
Luckily he was spotted by a woman who was walking home from work. She took him home and fed him around the clock to keep him alive.
The kitten was named after that other famous orphan, Bruce Wayne.
The tiny kitten’s story went viral. He now has over 32,600 Facebook fans from all over the world who hang on his every photo and exploit – including getting to know his “big sister” Jager (also a rescue cat) and changing colour from grey to black.
Along with climbing trees and frolicking in the garden, Bruce now dedicates himself to raising awareness of other cats and kittens in need. Bruce has helped other cats like DeeDee find forever homes.
Kathryn van Beek (Bruce’s human) has now written and illustrated a children’s picture book called Bruce Finds a Home.
The book, which is based on the story of how Bruce was found, encourages children to care for and be kind to animals.
The book supports The Animal Rescue Network, a charitable trust dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
Bruce is currently running a Kickstarter campaign which allows people to pre-order copies of the book. There’s a range of rewards for those who pledge, including custom illustrations and even Bruce’s pawtograph! You can find Bruce’s Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kathrynvanbeek/bruce-finds-a-home
The book is already 87% funded with two weeks of the four-week Kickstarter campaign still to run. We feel sure that Bruce will achieve his goal of releasing his book, supporting The Animal Rescue Network and encouraging children to be kind to animals.
Click below for more on Bruce’s life, right from the start to life today:
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