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Published April 07, 2014, 09:36 AM

Colorado mayoral election goes to the dogs...and cats, and hedgehogs and donkeys (w/ video)

Divide, CO (CNN) - Make whatever pun about politics you prefer - the race for mayor of Divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is human. A group of animals are running for mayor and they're doing it for a good cause.

By: Kevin Torres, CNN, CNN

Divide, CO (CNN) - Make whatever pun about politics you prefer - the race for mayor of Divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is human. A group of animals are running for mayor and they're doing it for a good cause.

Nancy Adams – Fundraising Coordinator: “Divide is kind of like just a crossroads out there."

When you cut through Divide, Colorado, you might not realize what separates it from other towns. The thing that sets it apart is its breed of politics. It's not often you stumble upon a mayor who stumbles as much as Walter the Cat.

Nancy Adams: "He's missing a leg and some teeth."

Some might say, 'A cat? As mayor?’

Nancy Adams: "Most of them say, 'are you kidding?' And we say, 'no. We're not kidding'

Until they learn about the guys and gals looking to succeed said cat. Take for instance Keyni the Wolf, Pa Kettle the Blood Hound, Teddy the Mutt, Herbie the Donkey and Buster the Cat, to name a few.

Of course, there are sidekicks like Buster's girlfriend, Halee Berry. But the main focus is on the candidates themselves, and most are running brutal campaigns. Take for instance the two trash talkers or a little scandal…and the threats.

They've forced candidates like Buster the Cat to invest in guards. The only candidate taking the clean route is Blackberry the Hedgehog. Some will offer promises if elected, others will tout their strong family values.

And while they all have their differences, there is one thing they have in common: They want to help the poor animals in their community.

The Teller County Regional Animal Shelter is the only no-kill shelter in Teller County, but it struggles to survive. This election serves as a fundraiser of sorts. Each vote costs a dollar, and every dollar goes to the shelter.

Nancy Adams: "The last election we made about $8,800 and right now we're right at $9,000"

The money raised will help hundreds of abandoned animals who end up here each year. So while some might snicker at the thought of an animal serving as mayor of a town, remember this: What that donkey, hedgehog, cat, dog, wolf and everyone else on the ballot is doing represents something good.

The town is able to hold this election on Tuesday, because there is no real mayor of Divide.

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