Scottish town raises $8,000 to build statue for beloved stray cat

A town in Scotland recently raised $8,000 to erect a bronze statue of Hamish, a beloved stray cat. (Twitter)

The small town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, recently raised more than $8,000 to immortalize a 14-year-old stray cat in bronze.

Hamish McHamish, "the town's collective pet," has wondered around town for years since walking out on former owner Marianne Baird. In 2013, the editor of the local Focus magazine launched a fundraiser to collect funds for a statue of everyone's favourite cat.

"It has been a very popular idea. Hamish is a wonderful animal," editor Flora Selwyn told the Scotsman.

"Our statue is a way of saying thank you to Hamish for being so 'purrfectly' adorable and to celebrate him and the joy he brings us."

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Hamish's former owner told the Scotsman that she ensured the cat gets an annual checkup with a vet, and that the cat appears to love his nomadic existence.

The statue was unveiled in the town's Church Square on Sunday. (And, like any local celebrity worthy of a statue, Hamish McHamish was driven to the event in a convertible.)

The cat has a Facebook page, a modest Twitter following, a book about his life, and a statue. What more could a friendly feline want?

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