Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) is $10,000 richer after becoming a finalist in a national competition.

The story of Linus, the stray kitten, was voted in the top five in Hill’s Shelter Tales contest.

Linus needs eye surgery and was difficult to get him adopted out. Longtime employee, Sue Mayo, fostered the kitten and ultimately ended up adopting the feline.

Mayo said the shelter worked to get the word out through social media and got the votes needed to take home a cash prize.

“I’m surprised everyone came through," she said. "I’m grateful everyone came through. This is Linus’ first home, AACC is Linus’ first home and she’s ecstatic to give back to this place."

Staff plan to use the money for medical expenses for animals at the shelter.