WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Add the Kansas Humane Society's new "Kitty Cam" to the list of 6,719,332 things to distract you when you're supposed to be working.
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The kitty cam made its online debut Nov. 1, featuring the newest and fluffiest reality show stars.
The cam is a first for the shelter, which adopts out dogs, cats and small animals such as bunnies, gerbils and hamsters.
"We actually had a donor come in who was really interested in the idea," said Melissa Houston, a communications specialist for the shelter.
The cam is on 24/7 on the shelter's website at www.kshumane.org/kittycam.htm .
"At night, it goes into night vision mode. You can still see the cats playing around and everything," Houston said.
Viewers can take turns being in control of the camera for two minutes at a time and can view for up to four or five minutes.
The camera is in the corner of the shelter's "kitty city," just inside the shelter and across from the front desk. The camera also captures the lobby and reception area, the small animals and a few of the dog adoption areas.
Houston said Wednesday that the kitty cam had enjoyed 6,900 views from people who watched for at least 90 seconds.
Greg Fox of Realty World bought the equipment and is paying for online hosting of the kitty cam.
His daughter, he said, is a "big cat and dog lover."
About two years ago, the community involvement committee of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors, of which Fox is a former chairman, became involved with Woofstock, one of the shelter's major annual fundraisers.
Fox had wanted to do something for the shelter, and he admits it helps give his business exposure.
Fox said he pays a hosting fee for the kitty cam and spent about $1,500 for the camera itself and $300 to $400 to have it installed.
"We have such an absolutely beautiful humane society to show off," he said.