Cat Library Lets Workers ‘Check Out’ Adoptable Kittens

A local shelter brings its cats to this New Mexico office and, so far, more than 100 have been adopted.

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We'll happily pay any late fees for these kittens.

Sure, most libraries in America probably have a copy or two of “The Cat in the Hat” or “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” but there’s only one library where you can check out a real-life kitty.

The Dona Ana County office building in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has an on-site library, of sorts, where the workers can “check out” a kitten to play with, cuddle with or just sit with while they work, CBS News reports.

“It definitely relieves stress,” employee Angela Roberson told the network. “I mean how can it not when you have a little fuzzy thing that you can take back to your office?”

The cats have all been brought to the building by a local shelter and, so far, more than 100 of them have been adopted. And that’s the best possible way to take your work home with you.

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  • WOW!!! What a wonderful idea. EVERY pussycat (and dog) should know and experience of being a valued member of a wonderful family who gives them the love, care, attention, affection, protection and RESPECT they so richly deserve. xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles July 1, 2015 12:54 am Reply
  • This was inspired. I would love to know how long it took the responsible person(s) to overcome what I expect were the inevitable and predictable kneejerk objections: They’ll pee! They’ll meow! They’ll get fur everywhere! And what about people with allergies? Kitten season is in full swing here and the shelter is full of kittens that won’t be adopted. How can I do this here?

    Susan July 1, 2015 1:27 am Reply
    • Where are you? Are there other no-kill shelters in the area to whom you could give some?

      Suzanne July 1, 2015 9:10 am Reply
  • This is a great idea! It’s a win-win situation, providing personal, loving contact (and possible forever homes!) for the shelter cats, and creating a more relaxing atmosphere for library office employees. I hope other businesses and public services locations will learn about this program and institute such a policy in their own offices! GOD BLESS ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

    Tigger Too July 1, 2015 3:04 am Reply
  • Very nice idea! How do they determine the person is sincere in their love of cats and know they will not be harmed and brought back healthy?

    Sharon Hahn July 1, 2015 4:30 am Reply
    • I was wondering the same thing, Sharon. People need to be researched before they are deemed fit to adopt.

      Missy ;) July 1, 2015 8:17 am Reply
    • These are employees well known to everyone in the building. They aren’t strangers off the street. These particular adoptions would be much safer than the random ones at the shelter.

      Dorothy July 1, 2015 9:47 am Reply
  • it seems to me to be a very dangerous practice. How do they know the visitors mean well? There are people who wish to torture and kill cats. How do you know the visitor is not one of them?

    Ilil Arbel July 1, 2015 7:10 am Reply
    • If I understood the article correctly, visitors don’t check out the cats, it’s the workers who get to take them to their offices. So the people handling the cats are already on the payroll and their identity is known.

      Millie July 1, 2015 7:19 am Reply
    • They are employees in the building—not strangers off the street.

      Dorothy July 1, 2015 9:48 am Reply
    • Folks need to pay more attention to what they are viewing or reading. These are not people who just walk in off the street They are county employees who work in the building. They fill out a form when they take a kitten and after a period of time return it the same day to the lady in charge.

      DENISE July 1, 2015 12:05 pm Reply
  • Some people just get it!

    skylar July 1, 2015 7:52 am Reply
  • What a wonderful idea. Kittens are as good as melatonin in the system. I just have a question. What happens to them when they become cats. Where do they go.

    Gladys Hollis July 1, 2015 8:31 am Reply
  • How great, what a wonderful gift to animals you ALL are! Thanks for everything you do..

    Ceil Fox July 1, 2015 9:49 am Reply
  • So sad – I wanted to watch this video to go along with the story, but it says the person who put it up on the site has not made it available to be seen in Canada. Hmmmmm and on Canada Day too. I wonder how this can be fixed. We have a lot of cat lovers here too. S>

    Susan July 1, 2015 11:48 am Reply
  • What a heartwarming story! I read that Mark Twain was such a cat lover and hated being ‘catless’ that he would ‘rent’ a cat when stayed at various places in his travels. He also famously said: “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”

    Helene July 1, 2015 12:10 pm Reply
    • What a wise and talented man Mark Twain was. I’m sure he was right. On the whole, I believe cats are more intelligent than most people and they certainly have better personalities as well! Three cheers for cats (and dogs and birds…)

      Cindi Keane July 1, 2015 1:37 pm Reply
    • Go one the web and search “famous cat lovers”. You’ll see a list of some of the world’s greatest minds, and people of peace. It should tell people how wonderful cats are 🙂 Just awesome!

      KatWrangler July 1, 2015 3:49 pm Reply
  • This is smart and it’s humane. I love it!

    Gregory July 1, 2015 12:11 pm Reply
  • Made my day.

    Bunny July 1, 2015 12:22 pm Reply
  • I once worked in the office of a furniture manufacturing company. The location and the large factory space was conducive to rats and mice who chewed through the computer network cables. Rather than bringing in an exterminator, the owner of the company decided to let nature take its course and brought in 2 kittens to control the rodent problem. Being a cat lover, I immediately fell in love with them and took responsibility for their care. I named them Butch and Sundance. During working hours, they would sit in my lap or on various places on my desk. It was a wonderful experience to have these cats at work. When I was forced to leave the company, I was given the cats to take home with me to join my cat family at home. Best severance package ever! Kudos to this library for recognizing the importance of kittens in the work place. Seriously, how can you get or stay stressed when you have the laughable antics of kittens and the warmth you feel when they take a nap in your lap?

    Maria July 1, 2015 12:24 pm Reply
  • I love this idea! But why am I unable to see the video. I live in CANADA, I’m not on the moon!

    Michelle Wilson July 1, 2015 1:10 pm Reply
  • I do hope the homes and people these innocent creatures are given too are thoroughly checked out, animal abusers take advantage of places like this.

    Romola July 1, 2015 2:17 pm Reply
  • Oh, I would be “checking out” kittens all day!! This is the BEST idea ever – must catch on everywhere”

    Cat July 1, 2015 2:57 pm Reply

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