The “Catty Wagon” Looks Like A Taco Truck But It’s Delivering Something Even Better: Shelter Kittens

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It looks like a food truck. But instead of serving tacos, the Catty Wagon travels around Los Angeles delivering snuggly shelter kittens to people who want to adopt them.

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Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation

The Found Animals Foundation created this purrfect mobile adoption vehicle — which is outfitted with climate controlled kitty condos, comfortable areas where folks can get to know the cats they’re thinking of adopting, and even a small retail space.

Here — take an inspiring video tour.

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Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation

The Catty Wagon got rolling in August.

Executive director Aimee Gilbreath tells Shelter Me it’s just one of Found Animals Foundation’s adoption programs that is both awesome and effective, and draws attention in a delightful way to the fact of there being just way too many cats in shelters.

Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation
Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation

“The Catty Wagon is a way to make adoption a fun and joyful experience and not a heavy, sad stressful one,” she said.

“It’s a way for us to get that message out to people who might not otherwise be aware of us, in a fun, entertaining way in order to help us further our cause.”

Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation
Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation

 

Want to see the Catty Wagon for yourself? (Answer: yes.)

Here’s a list of upcoming local events where this meow-velous truck and its furry little occupants will be making an appearance, like the Santa Monica Chamber’s Health & Fitness Festival on Sept. 10 and the 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival later in the month.

And sometimes the Catty Wagon is just out and about. You can follow its whereabouts on Twitter using the hashtag #CattyWagon.

The kittens are all microchipped, vaccinated, and available on the spot to folks who’ve met the adoption criteria.

Because unlike a paddy wagon, which hauls prisoners off to jail, the Catty Wagon’s whole purpose is to spring kittens from cages and into homes.

Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation
Photo credit: Found Animals Foundation

Know a shelter with an innovative adoption program? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com.

 

Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!