- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Humane Society of Utah is bringing Internet distraction to a new level.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1PbVVBA) that new technology installed Monday at the Murray shelter enables people to play with its cats over the Internet.

Website visitors can manipulate one of three remote-controlled cat toys to engage felines and watch their reaction with a surveillance camera. The technology was donated by iPet Companion.

Visitors can wait their turn for a two-minute session with a room full of foster cats.

A spokeswoman for the shelter said she hopes the project will help people see that a shelter is not “a sad, depressing place” and lead to more cat adoptions.

The Human Society of Utah is one of 13 shelters in the country with iPet technology.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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