Commend Program Fostering Homeless Animals

4-6-13 Shelter fostering cats in businesses

Target: CEO Courtney Thomas, Great Plains SPCA animal welfare organization

Goal: Commend this animal welfare organization for placing cats in business places instead of euthanizing these animals

As part of a new program, the Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organization in Kansas City, Kansas, has started placing animals in a foster situation with local businesses. Rather than killing a cat that has stayed in the shelter for a certain amount of time, the animal is instead incorporated into an office setting. There, they mingle with the workers and even become office mascots. The cats are still open for adoption and often find homes with caring customers. Commend the Great Plains SPCA for developing this creative solution, helping save numerous cats from being euthanized.

The foster program is quite effective for two different reasons. One is because it gets the cats out of the (overrun) shelter and into the public eye, where there is a better chance of adoption. The other is because studies have shown pets in the office make employees more happy and productive. Statistics have also shown that having animals lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Chip Badely, an employee at the Raven Bookstore currently housing two cats, said they are the best co-workers he has ever had. The cats are also good for business, becoming mascots for the shop and starring in a line of postcards and memorabilia that customers can purchase. Frank Fantini, who works at a record store that also has cats, said, “I think animals make people better. It changes the store. They make it more of a calming place.”

Not only is the Great Plains SPCA animal welfare organization saving these cats from certain death, but it is also making workplaces more productive and happy. This new program has shown zero negative effects and so it deserves full support. Commend the Great Plains SPCA for making the lives of these cats a priority, and not just another number in the system.


Dear CEO Thomas,

I recently learned about the Great Plains SPCA animal welfare organization in Kansas City. Through the program your group created, homeless cats are placed in a foster system with local businesses. The cats would have to be euthanized due to an overwhelming number of animals needing space in the shelter if your plan had not been put in place. Thank you for fighting for the animals’ rights to live and coming up with this inventive solution.

Thus far, all of the feedback from the foster system has been positive. Workers report the animals are a pleasure to have around the office, and studies have shown pets increase productivity and happiness. They are also proven to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Clearly this program is a win-win situation for both the cats and the employees.

I applaud your hard work to save these cats and will continue to support implementing this program across the United States.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Algerds via Wikimedia

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  1. wendy lee says:

    Awesome job

  2. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Awww too cute!! I love it!!
    Thank you!!! 🙂

  3. Excellent!

    Animals will be rescued when more & more people are involved in positive solutions. Animals need us for their care & comfort and we need them … once you adopt, you’ll know what I mean.

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