Borrowing a book from a library may not be high on many people’s list these days, but instead of a book what if you could borrow a kitten? How would you take out a kitten you ask? Well, there is a kitten librarian
receptionist of course! This is an older story that I came across but worth sharing as it demonstrates a positive and innovative way to help homeless cats.
This pretty gal is Mamba, our Pet of the Week! She is a sweet girl who is ready to be cuddled and snuggled! Her fur coat colors are just as vibrant as her personality! She just had her first birthday and she is ready to go home and become part of a family. Come meet her today! #potw #ASCMV #adoptdontshop
The Dona Ana County office building in Las Cruces, New Mexico installed a Kitty Kondo, what employees later renamed the cat library, in the lobby of their building where cats from the local animal shelter are made available for adoption. Animals considered less adoptable or special needs in a shelter environment, like cats that have been abused or have minor medical issues, are also given equal time in the Kitty Kondo. There is a great deal of exposure, perhaps more so than in the shelter, by having the cats in the center of a very public place with literally hundreds of people walking through the lobby daily. The end goal is to help reduce euthanasia, increase cat adoptions as well as educate the public about cats that need homes. The other winners in this are the employees who get free stress relief by being able to check out a cat for an hour to have at their desk while they work.
The kitty condo is 5 years old this May and with a 137 cat adoptions to date they have lots to celebrate. All work including socializing, cleaning and feeding is done by employees and, the cats come spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, checked for feline leukemia and heart worm all for a minor adoption fee of $50.
Our Kitty Condo is celebrating 5 years and 137 adoptions at the Government Center this week! No taxpayer funds support this project and employees volunteer their time to feed, clean, and socialize the cats waiting to be adopted. The Kitty Condo has received national and international media attention while garnering over 42,000 views on YouTube. Make sure you stop by and check it out! #ASCMV #KittyKondo #CatAdoption #YouTube #Fundraiser #Media #volunteer
The program has attracted a lot of attention and has created interest in other governmental offices which means it’s only a matter of time before we see more programs like this pop up elsewhere – a win-win situation for all involved.