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A tale of two kitties: Blind cat and feline friend win $1500 for local shelter

Feline best friends, Penelope and Orville, are the talk of the town after helping the local shelter win $1,500.
Credit: Tom Russo
Debbie McKinney holds Penelope and Orville. McKinney adopted both cats from Kathleen Free. Free has written a book about Penelope, who was born with no eyes. The book was chosen for an online contest for which the Hancock County Humane Society could win $10,000. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Feline best friends, Penelope and Orville, are the talk of the town after helping the Hancock County Humane Society win $1,500 — a $1,000 cash grant and $500 worth of pet supplies. 

Shelter volunteer Kathleen Free of Greenfield wrote the story of Penelope, a cat born with no eyes, and Orville, the kitten who befriended her and became her “seeing-eye cat," according to the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

Credit: Tom Russo
Debbie McKinney, left, and Kathleen Free. Free has written a book about Penelope, who was born with no eyes. The book was chosen for an online contest for which the Hancock County Humane Society could win $10,000. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

Their story titled "Penelope and Orville: A Song for Many Voices" was entered in the Clear the Shelters Adoption Story Challenge hosted by The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org. Winners were chosen by online voters.  

Penelope and Oliver’s story remained in the top 10 throughout most of the contest, according to the Daily Reporter. The duo ended up finishing in sixth place.

“It was an impressive result, when you consider that there were so many worthy stories,” Free, who fostered Penelope and Orville before they were adopted by Debbie McKinney told the Daily Reporter. “We now have have $1,000 to spend on feeding hungry kittens and mama cats, rescuing abandoned cats and kittens, doing our best to reduce overpopulation, and keeping the shelter warm and safe this winter."