Elizabeth “Betty” Barley
Community Cat Room
Our Kitties are Pawsitively Resting? Here’s why . . .
The camera may be shut off during cleaning hours or during small renovations in the room.
No Cats in the Room? Here’s Why . . .
One of the largest issues facing shelters today is the adoption rate of cats. Cats do not typically adoptas quickly as dogs do, and, if proper homes are not found, many shelters are forced to euthanize due to sickness, disease, and other issues. With the ability of global Reach with this new technology, the pendulum has swung the other way. If you are reading this, you are likely looking into a room with few kittens. Many of the rooms are empty for one very good reason; all of the animals have all been adopted! Although it may be slightly less fun for the online user; this is a good problem to have!
Technology and Cats? Here’s Why . . .
The technology that drives iPetCompanion was not originally created for pets. It was created for manufacturing environments to allow technicians and QA personnel the ability to remotely fix, or inspect, products that are continents away without leaving their headquarter offices. The creators of the technology thought it would be a cute idea to place their invention into a local animal shelter in hopes that it would raise awareness and, perhaps, generate a few additional adoptions. They were right. Within 45 minutes of a link being placed on the first shelters’ homepage, visitors from as far away as England were playing with animals in the States. Within two days the company had hundreds of requests from shelters around the nation, and within two weeks there were 79 countries participating in online kitty play. The longest view time from any one user is 14 hours (never closing the browser and continually clicking the “Are You Still Watching” box) while the average viewing time for all people watching is 37 minutes. There are currently 172 countries that interact Live with sheltered animals via iPetCompanion and people in 42 countries have become members of the iPetCompanion community to get the latest information and the first opportunity to play with kittens before the general public as new shelters come online. Isn’t it amazing that people in Europe and Asia are actually playing with kittens in the US – in real-time? Global awareness and global kitty luv have been achieved…
How to play . . .
- click on the orange paw to get started. You’ll either go live right away, or you will be placed in a the queue to await your turn for play time.
- Once you go live use the arrow buttons (or corresponding computer keys) to move the camera
- Click on the Toy number and HOLD the mouse button down to make a toy move.
Toy 1 – Swinger: Press and hold the “toy 1” button to swing this toy around. Cats LOVE chasing that mouse!
Toy 2 – The Wobbler: Press and hold the “toy 2” button to roll a ball around the track.
Toy 3- Laser Toy: Press and hold the “toy 3” button to activate the laser. We know this toy is hard to see on the orange floor, but rest assured our kitties can see it!