A new tale for rescued kitten

by Insiders Dunedin

Dunedin’s most famous cat is about to become even more so with his very own book! 

Bruce’s tale very nearly didn’t start at all. A year and a half ago, Kathryn van Beek discovered the bedraggled one-day old kitten alone on a footpath in Kingsland, Auckland. 

She fed him around the clock and named him after that other famous orphan, Bruce Wayne. 

The tiny kitten’s story went viral; he now has over 31,000 Facebook fans from all over the world who hang on his every photo and exploit – including escaping the housing crisis by moving to Dunedin, and changing colour from grey to black.

Kathryn van Beek (Bruce’s human) has now written and illustrated a children’s picture book Bruce Finds a Home. 

The 18 hand-drawn illustrations reflect Bruce’s neighbourhood - Port Chalmers, Dunedin. 

“New Zealanders love cats. In fact, we average 1.8 cats per household,” says Kathryn. “Bruce Finds a Home reflects the affection that children (and grown-ups) have for our furry companions”. 

The Kickstarter campaign will allow 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 paw print! People can also choose to donate copies to The Animal Rescue Network, a charitable trust dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and kittens. 

The Kickstarter page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/kathrynvanbeek/bruce-finds-a-home

Post submitted by Kathryn Van Beck

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