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How You Can Virtually Window-Shop For A Cat To Adopt

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Interested in window-shopping for a cat? You don't even have to leave your computer.

Some shelters are installing a program that allows users to meet the cats through a live stream. The iPet companion allows you to zoom the camera in on your favorite prospect or press a button to shake a powered toy and virtually play along.

The iPet program went live this week at Best Friends Animal Society, a local no-kill shelter in Mission Hills. We got a chance to zoom in on an adorable cat playing with the shoelaces of one of the staffers. You will be able to see 8 of the 67 cats at the shelter at any given time.

The shelter sees it as another tool to help prospective owners.

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"It adds a whole new element to the adoption process and to adding awareness to shelter pets," Sarah Schanz, who works at Best Friends, told CBS.

There are shelters with the system set up in New York, Michigan, Idaho, Iowa and Oregon, too, which you can check out here. (h/t Jezebel)

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Check out our recent "Pets of the Week" if you're interested in adoption at other local agencies