An extremely popular cat that used to frequent a Morrisons supermarket in Cheshire is now set to be immortalized with a statue in his favourite store.
Brutus was often seen just lounging around the Saltney supermarket or perusing the cat food aisle, as thought he was on the lookout for some discount deals.
The curious kitty, who was diagnosed with the incurable Polycystic Kidney Disease back in 2013, sadly passed away on January 16 this year after falling ill.
And now a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to raise enough funds to build a permanent statue of Brutus, who currently has 12,000 Facebook fans, inside the Morrisons branch.
“Brutus has won the hearts of thousands of local Morrisons shoppers as well as his Facebook followers from all over the world,” his ‘devastated’ owners Claire and Adam Owens stated.
“He delighted children and adults alike with his cheeky ‘cattitude’, investigating shopping in people’s trolleys as they left the store, jumping into cars to investigate…”
Ms Owens went on to add: “The number of messages I’ve received have been overwhelming. It makes us happy to know that he brightened so many people’s lives.
“We thought that a memorial to honour Brutus is only fitting so that people can still say hello to him and have something to remember him by.
“Many people have expressed their wish for something to be placed in Morrisons, so this is what we are raising the money for, plus also for local animal charities.”
A spokesperson for Morrisons stated to the Chester Chronicle: “Brutus was much loved by our customers and colleagues and he will be greatly missed.
“We’ll be meeting with Claire to plan a permanent memorial at the store so everyone can remember him.”
In addition, a JustGiving page has been set up to raise funds for the Brutus statue.