Statue erected in memory of supermarket cat Brutus

A cat who made a supermarket at Saltney in Cheshire his second home has been immortalised with the store's first ever in-store memorial statue.

Brutus, who spent his days greeting customers at Morrisons, dozing in trolleys or trying to sneak in and up to the fish counter, captured the hearts of local shoppers at the same time attracting thousands of followers on Facebook.

Since passing away on January 16th 2017 after being diagnosed with incurable kidney disease, local shoppers have been fundraising to raise £5,000 to build a permanent statue and make donations to local animal charities in memory of their favourite feline greeter.

Brutus won the hearts of thousands of local Morrisons shoppers as well as building a Facebook following from all over the world.

The number of messages we've received has been overwhelming. It makes us happy to know that he brightened so many people’s lives and now people have something to remember him by.

We thought that a memorial to honour Brutus is only fitting, so that shoppers can still say hello to him.”

– Claire Owens, cat's owner

Brutus became like one of the family here at the store.

Everyone loved our unofficial little store greeter and we couldn’t be happier to be unveiling a statue that will celebrate his life and keep his memory alive.”

– Christine Joy, Store Manager