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Businesses with cats becoming more common as animal groups look for new fosters

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The Great Plains SPCA is launching a program to help turn stray cats into shop and office cats. They're so excited about this initiative that they've been reaching out to local businesses in and around Kansas City, and offering to pay for food and supplies, and other expenses that pop up as well.

The concept itself isn't new. In nearby Lawrence, a bookstore keeps two cats around. A clerk at the store thinks of them as his own. And Love Garden, a record store, also has two cats. Their customers sometimes call the cats "meowsic experts."

KitTea, a new concept for a teahouse in San Francisco, plans to have lots of cats on hand. They'll be working with local shelters to bring the cats to their shop, when they open. Their plan is to bring homeless cats to an place that has both the comfort and the love of a forever home.

A story on KEZI, the ABC affiliate in Corvallis, Ore., discussed businesses with cats, too. The Heartland Humane Society is looking for businesses around Corvallis to foster cats. The program is free, and Heartland says that it has a lot of adult cats who have a harder time finding homes. Since kittens aren't ideal for businesses, this is a great way to get adult cats that need homes out there where they aren't competing with the kittens.

A yarn shop in Corvallis fostered Gorgeous George for a whole three weeks before someone wanted to adopt him. Olufson Designs, another shop, took in a cat with the intent to foster, but ended up keeping him because the employees fell in love with him. Olufson's owner says that their cat has helped a lot of customers pick out their engagement rings.

The Washington Humane Society is asking individuals and businesses to step up and foster, too, because they're experiencing problems with overcrowding in their adoption centers. They take in more than 30 animals per day, and can't handle the overload.

This is a particular problem for shelters and adoption centers all over the country at this time of year, because it's kitten season. Spring is typically when litters of kittens are born, and taken to shelters. They find themselves inundated with kittens in addition to all the adult animals they have.

It seems as though businesses with cats inside is becoming increasingly common. It benefits the cats, the businesses, and their customers, along with alleviating overcrowding in shelters and helping with adoption rates. Perhaps, someday soon, businesses with cats will be a common thing everywhere.

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