Strayed is not only critically acclaimed, but also very popular with players and cat lovers.
Thanks to a selection of fans, quite a bit of money has been raised to help various shelters and rescues house and treat the homeless cats in their care.
Speaking to PBS News HourBrendan Gepson of the Nebraska Humane Society said the shelter sold several game codes through his Twitter account. The first fundraiser, which sold for $5 each, raised about $8,000.
Rafael Almeida, a volunteer at the Brazilian shelter Gatos De Francisca, held a raffle that raised enough money to sterilize 25 cats. One streamer raised just over $1,500 for felines in 30 minutes, and Debbie Distanisloa of the Stray Cat Relief Fund and her team raised $6,500 through a 5K walkathon sponsored by Stray’s publisher Annapurna Interactive.
Wonderful news, that. There are so many homeless pets in the world that deserve your love. And unfortunately, many of them do not come from public shelters. I won’t give you the exact stats because it will break your heart just like mine, but cat euthanasia is almost double that of dogs in US shelters. Six states have 50% higher euthanasia rates than others, with Texas topping the list.
In the U.S, according to the ASPCA, only 31% of cats are obtained from an animal shelter or a humane society, and about 27% of cats are acquired as strays. And did you know that black kitties are the least adopted? Same with dogs.
Unfortunately, because of this, black cats have one of the highest euthanasia and lowest adoption rates in the country. The Kentucky Humane Society states that because of their common color, they are often “overlooked in favor of” those with more “varied color patterns”. Psychology today notes, however, that in some cases it can be attributed to an outdated belief system, while other reasons range from nonsensical superstitions, the inability to read black cats’ emotions, and the fact that some believe them to be less “kind and more aggressive”” than those of any other color.
All nonsense. Black cats rock just as much as any other color. People drive me crazy.
So, please, adopt a pet or two from a local shelter or rescue center and consider getting a black one. Should you happen to come across a real stray dog or wild animal (not someone’s cat that’s wandering about), help the poor baby. Contact your local Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) program. This group of volunteers will humanely capture, spay or neuter, vaccinate, and ear-tip (the universal symbol that they have been spayed and vaccinated) the cat before returning it to their country home. If the cat is considered adoptable, the program usually does its best to find the darling a foster home, no-kill shelter, rescue, or forever home to put their purring head to rest.
Developed by BlueTwelve Studio, Stray follows the story of a cat who falls into a city populated by bacteria, machines and robots. Aiming to return home with the help of a drone companion, the duo must do their best to stop the Zurks and Sentinels from trying to kill them.
Stray was nominated for six awards at The Game Awards 2022, including Game of the Year and Best Game Direction. Instead, it won Best Independent Game and Best Debut Indie Game. It is currently up for Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction at the 26th Annual DICE Awards.