Twitter Kitty Raising Money for Needy Pets

Romeo the cat gains legion of online followers and raises thousands for pet charities.

Posted: May 19, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Romeo the cat
Romeo the cat has raised more than $14,000 for animal rescue groups since owner Caroline Golon started a Twitter account for him in February.
Romeo the cat’s online community continues to expand, gaining more followers and raising funding for animal rescues through a Twitter account first launched for him in February by his owner, Caroline Golon.

Twitter is a free service that helps people keep in touch by sharing brief, frequent answers to the question: What are you doing? Golon says she signed up her cat to make a colleague laugh, but when Romeo started to gain followers across the country — humans, cats, dogs, hamsters, horses, turtles and birds — she decided it would be a good way to raise money for animal organizations.

For each follower who joins Twitter to start receiving the cat’s updates, Romeo donates 5 cents to an animal rescue organization. His followers, now approaching 5,000, started matching Romeo’s donations.

Since he’s been on Twitter, Romeo has raised more than $14,000 for various groups. The money goes to a different cause each month.

For the month of May, Romeo and his friends are raising money for the Beaufort Community Cat Project in Beaufort, N.C. Pet companies that have joined the effort to help raise money as corporate sponsors include Wellness Natural Pet Food, Feline Pine All-Natural Cat Litter and Furminator DeShedding Tools.

“Animal welfare and rescue organizations need donations now more than ever,” Golon said.

Romeo is a rescue cat himself, according to his website. At the time of his adoption, he was deaf in both ears and had a skin condition. After eight surgeries on his ears, Romeo now can hear fine, though one ear is folded down permanently.

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belinda    baltimore, MD

11/25/2010 9:36:28 AM

Yes good use of the internet need more people like u thanks for the info !!!

Holly    Bothell, WA

5/27/2009 3:25:34 PM

Romeo is the coolest cat! What a great way to make a difference for pet rescue!

Another great way is to use www.dogreatgood.com for searching the internet. so much better than google because money is donated to pet rescue groups.

Romeo should be their spokescat : )

P    O, NE

5/20/2009 5:12:57 AM

That's great, too bad I don't have time to twitter!

Liz    Farmington, MN

5/19/2009 6:54:13 PM

Great way to use the internet!

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