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This year's top dog at a Port Moody brewery is the cat's meow

This is the second year Yellow Dog Brewing has featured a contest to raise money for BC SPCA.
Mickey the cat will soon appear on cans of Yellow Dog Brewing's Starborn beer.

A cat is the top dog at Port Moody's Yellow Dog Brewing Co.

Mickey the cat is the first-place winner of the brewery's second annual "Make My Pet a Yellow Dog Brewing Star" contest.

The black-and-white tuxedo feline will be featured on the cans of its limited edition Starborn beer, along with the three runners up, Austin, Doper and Archie. They’re all dogs.

The contest, which opened on Sept. 5, challenged Yellow Dog's fans to raise money for the BC SPCA, with aluminum can stardom awarded to the top three finishers and a spot on the fourth can of the four-packs going to the selection from a random draw of all fundraisers. The beer will be available across the province soon.

In total, the event collected $230,564.

"You blew this year's SPCA Make My Pet a Yellow Dog star out of the water," said the brewery on its Facebook page.

"People love the idea of having their pet’s faces on the cans," said Yellow Dog's Melinda Coghill in a news release.

"You are all heroes," added a statement on the BC SPCA's website.

The organization operates 36 animal care centres across the province, as well as animal hospitals in Vancouver and Penticton, two spay/neuter clinics and a wildlife rehabilitation centre on Vancouver Island.

Yellow Dog's sudsy efforts to help community groups isn't limited to animals; it's also produced special holiday beers to raise money for SHARE Family and Community Services.

with a file from Janis Cleugh, Tri-City News