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Grizzled, scraggly-haired kitty hopes tale will sway voters

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Grizzled, scraggly-haired kitty hopes tale will sway voters

BY SEAN SULLIVAN, POSTMEDIA NEWS DECEMBER 6, 2011 9:20 AM

Kenny Pawgers, a stray cat rescued by the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, is a finalist in an international competition that will award $2,000 to each of the top three finalists. VOKRA will use the money to pay vet bills for the snaggletoothed cat.

Photograph by: Maria Soroski, Submitted

VANCOUVER "” Life on the Vancouver streets was rough for brown and white cat Kenny Pawgers.

The rough-and-tumble old-timer drank from dirty puddles, sneaked into homes through patio doors and stole catnaps on lawn chairs, all the while nursing a golf-ball-sized tumour in his stomach.

Despite his affectionate nature and sporting eyes that could melt the most hardened of hearts, no one wanted the scraggly-haired cat with gnarled teeth.

That is, until Maria Soroski showed up.

Following a plea from concerned neighbours, the director of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association rescued the cat "” and gave him his name "” on her way home from a Kenny Rogers concert.

You could say she just dropped in to see what condition his condition was in.

Now, Kenny is the only Canadian contestant in the running with 10 other pets "” five dogs, three cats and two rabbits "” for a $2,000 prize from the U.S.-based Animal Rescue Site's most heartwarming story contest.

While Kenny sports the same grizzled look and grey hair as his namesake, his health isn't as strong as the 76-year-old Grammy-winning singer.

He has only four teeth, two of them rotten, and recent surgery to remove his tumour cost VOKRA roughly $2,000.

"We call him The Gambler," Soroski said. "His whole rescue has sort of been a gamble."

Soroski is now gambling on Kenny's story winning the online contest that will pay off the surgery costs and help VOKRA spay and neuter more stray and feral cats.

Since Kenny's surgery, he's been eating only boiled chicken and goat's milk, and cuddling while staring doe-eyed at visitors.

"A lot of people have come over to say hello to him," Soroski said. "He just lies in your arms and gazes into your eyes."

Vote for Kenny daily at theanimalrescuesite.com until Dec. 18.

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Kenny is in the lead!

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I voted for him cloud_9

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I feel bad for the rest of the animals, they are all deserving.

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Voted for Kenny again today....still in the lead!

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I want to adopt Kenny cloud_9

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Just voted ....Kenny is still in the lead. k_good2

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Voted again ....keep voting everyone. k_ok

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voted again

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Kenny is still in the lead k_biggrin

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Voted again ....GO Kenny GO. vibes_

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Voted again ....GO Kenny GO. vibes_

http://www.canada.com/life/pets/Grizzle ... story.html

Kenny's still winning....don't forget to vote luv_

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Voted again .....keep those votes coming. k_ok

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Voted and bumping up again. k_ok

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I tried voting again,but they said,thank's but we'vealready counted your vote..

I wish they could give every one of them $2.000 ..

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I tried voting again,but they said,thank's but we'vealready counted your vote..

I wish they could give every one of them $2.000 ..

That's strange because I get to vote everyday with no problem. k_scratch_one-s_head

I didn't read all the other stories but I agree it would be nice for all of them to get the money as I'm sure they all are very deserving as well. k_yes

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Kenny is still in the lead ....keep voting everyone.

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Come on, Kenny k_clapping

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Don't forget to vote. k_ok

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voted again but who do I really want to win because each time I vote I lose another voting opportunity, so I have to decide who I really want with my last 3 votes. shrug_

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Keep voting everyone. k_ok

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Voting ends tomorrow so get your votes in. k_ok

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