A new video game called ‘Stray’ follows a hero tabby cat through adventures in an abandoned city, and the video game is actually helping real-life cats.

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Online fundraising platforms are raising money while gamers stream ‘Stray’ to help animal shelters and other cat-related charities. The game’s publisher, Annapurna Interactive, promoted Stray by offering two cat rescue and adoption agencies copies of the game to raffle off. They also even rented out a New York cat cafe.

Although streaming live game playing for charity is nothing new, Fox News reported that Stray quickly became a crowd and cat lover favorite. When it launched on Twitch, it was the fourth most watched broadcast game that day according to the streaming platform.

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The video game follows the adventurous orange cat as he wanders through a seemingly abandoned city while solving puzzles and avoiding enemies. According to one creator, about 80 percent of the game’s development team are cat owners and lovers. A real-life orange stray cat even helped inspire the game.

“I certainly hope that maybe some people will be inspired to help actual strays in real life — knowing that having an animal and a companion is a responsibility,” said producer Swann Martin-Raget.

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