Cat adoption group rallies behind Buffalo Bills kicker

A no-kill, non-profit cat adoption business in Western New York claims it has received more than $150,000 in pledged donations after expressing support for Buffalo Bills placekicker Tyler Bass, dubbed a "Cat Dad."

According to the organization, Bass faced online criticism after missing a game-tying 44-yard field goal late in Sunday's 27-24 playoff defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Ten Lives Club, which was created in 2001, asked fans to show their support for the kicker by making $22 donations to the charity in Bass' honor. Bass wears the Bills' No. 2 jersey.

Previously, Bass had not missed any field goal tries in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime when his team was tied or down by three points or less.

The Ten Lives Club knows a thing or two about bass that others might not.

According to the group's Facebook post, "Tyler doesn't deserve any of the vitriol he's receiving

He's an outstanding football player and an even better person who volunteered with our group to rescue kittens last year. "Let our friend alone."

The Ten Lives Club's initial tweet featured a photo of Bass posing with a cat as part of a campaign called "Show Your Soft Side." The accompanying description described Bass as a "Cat Dad."

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