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One-eyed Sir Stuffington becomes new Internet cat star

An injured kitten picked up by a shelter gets another shot at life, and due to a pirate-themed picture going viral, the feline could become the next big Internet hit.

One of the pictures that started it all. Facebook/Blazer Schaffer

Move over, Grumpy Cat. A new hip cat's poised to take over the Internet. Meet Sir Stuffington, a tremendously cute rescue kitten with more Facebook "Likes" than the average local business.

With more than 28,000 "Likes" and counting, the 6-week-old Sir Stuffington recently went viral due to a cheeky picture of the one-eyed feline wearing pirate garb complete with red bandana, eye patch, and an unforgettable sneer.

Aside from lacking an eye, the flea and filth-ridden Sir Stuffington arrived at the Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, Ore., this month with health issues including a disfigured jaw, heart murmur, upper respiratory infection, flea anemia, and the highly contagious calicivirus.

After cleaning up Sir Stuffington and treating his respiratory infection, the Troutdale shelter turned over the lucky kitten and its two siblings to 34-year-old foster parent Blazer Scaffer for recuperation. To ensure a smooth transition, the shelter also took care of Sir Stuffington's severe flea infestation, did a round of deworming, and gave him antibiotics.

Scaffer, a mother of two, set up a Facebook page for Sir Stuffington, and regularly posts pictures and updates on the kitten's progress. It didn't take long for the content to go viral, especially with the pirate-themed pictures, which made the rounds on CNN, Huffington Post, and many other news outlets.

Sir Stuffington's Facebook page isn't just about putting an cutely dressed injured cat in the spotlight and getting a gaggle of Facebook Likes. Instead, Scaffer hopes the the page will serve as an inspirational service for animal shelters everywhere. "I want to bring awareness to the world about the importance of your local animal shelter and the lives they save every day," she said on the page. "I also want you to know that you can make a difference."

What's next for Sir Stuffington? Once his caretakers get the calicivirus under control and stabilize his health, a veterinarian will need to remove several of Stuffington's teeth to avoid future issues with the jaw fracture. Veterinarians successfully treated the heart murmur and flea anemia. In several months, the shelter will put Sir Stuffington and his siblings up for adoption.

Those interested in financially contributing to Sir Stuffington's recovery can purchase adorable pirate-themed prints starring the popular kitten. All proceeds go to his recovery, as well as to other animals needing help at Multnomah County Animal Services.

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(via CBS Atlanta)