Animal shelter using interactive technology to increase adoptions

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Animal lovers in Arizona now have a new technology to use when trying to find the right cat to adopt.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has acquired KONG Co.’s new iPet Companion. 

KONG installed the program at the AAWL & SPCA’s new Sonia Breslow Adoption Center at 40th Street and Washington. The facility was one of the first selected by KONG for the iPet Companion as part of the “Pets Need to Play” campaign, which works to increase adoptions at animal shelters.

The iPet Companion allows users to play with cats remotely by controlling a robotic toy with their computer. A camera records the cat’s behavior, and allows the user to observe the animal in real time.

“In our increasingly digital society, we think this is a great way to reach the public and encourage adoption by connecting these animals directly with people through the interactive iPet virtual play system,” said Judith Gardner, President and CEO of AAWL & SPCA.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the AAWL & SPCA will be waiving adoption fees for adult cats through June 30. The adoption fee for kittens is also being reduced to just $50.

All cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchiped.

To use the iPet Companion and play with cats at the AAWL & SPCA visit www.aawl.org.