Play with kittens from shelters around the U.S. by using your computer

USE THIS PHOTO - OCTOBER 29, 2014: Megan Miller, right, bilingual social worker with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer program that works with Any Baby Can, cuddles "Yale" a male kitten as Rachel Astorga, left, Any Baby Can, hugs "Venturo" a male kitten that were delivered by Uber and Austin Humane Society during the UberKittens event celebrating National Cat Day held in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Uber clients using the Uber app could request an UberKittens deliverey of kittens to snuggle and pet raising money for local and national animal shelters. Funds from the Austin event went to the Austin Humane Society. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Megan Miller, right, bilingual social worker with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer program that works with Any Baby Can, cuddles “Yale” a male kitten that was delivered by Uber and Austin Humane Society during the UberKittens event celebrating National Cat Day held in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez

27 shelters partner with iPet Companion to offer extra playtime for their rescued cats and for internet users.

While this service isn’t new, it has grown from two shelters to 27 over the past five years. iPet Companion first tested its product at Idaho Humane Society in 2011, and expanded its reach across the United States. Only one shelter in Texas participates: you can play with the kittens at Central Texas SPCA in Leander, Texas.

Navigating the camera feels a little weird at first, but soon you’ll get the hang of it. ipet

The company advertises iPet to prospective shelters by telling stories of how iPet has contributed to adoption. According to iPet, people from 176 different countries have played with participating shelter cats remotely: “It’s not just local outreach, it is worldwide. An individual in Greece played with cats at the Oregon Humane Society and decided to donate a monthly sponsorship. A woman in New York played online with a cat at Pawmetto South Carolina, flew down to South Carolina and adopted the cat!”

Because cats get tired, the camera and remote control toys will occasionally go on break. If the specific shelter you want is off-camera, just hit”Play Now” on the iPet homepage, and wait your turn. You only have 2 minutes each go-round, so use them wisely!

There are three toys in each playroom, dangling from the wall. Pressing the button for each toy shakes them, and (hopefully) entices a cat to come and investigate.

You can also snap a photo whenever you control the toys and the camera, simply by pressing “P.”

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And please don’t be the guy who zooms on in people’s butts. Everyone on the page can see what you’re doing.


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