You heard it correctly. The Best Friend’s Animal Society has dug into their creative mind to come up with a website where you can spend all day manipulating toys in one of their cat rooms in The Los Angeles Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center, a Mission Hills, CA facility.
The LA Times quoted Sarah Schanz, a marketing specialist at Best Friends, ”It’s a great way for cats at our pet adoption center to be showcased,” further noting cat adoption rates struggle due to the lack of a way to draw out the cats personalities in a shelter environment. “Watching cats at play, however, helps people to form bonds and potentially arrive at a shelter already interested in adopting specific animals.”
The Times also notes, “The Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colo., reports that in the first month after its iPet Companion room went live in May, the number of cat adoptions rose 26.5% compared with the same period in 2011 and 67% compared with the month before the launch.”
In a follow up piece by the Times, they state that “at one point, the number of people waiting for the virtual play room topped 70, and the queue for a two-minute turn stretched to nearly three hours.”
To ‘ditch’ work virtually, goto the iCompanion Site for the Best Friend’s Shelter