Far Out Friday: Stressed workers? Kitten delivery is here to help

The ride-sharing service Uber launched a unique initiative to bring some cheer to the workday while also raising money for charity

by Jill Gregorie

Canadians tend to work like a dog, so to help relieve some of the pressure in their work day, Uber launched a kitten delivery service for offices in downtown Toronto on Thursday.
Employees were able to request the furry friends through the popular mobile app, by selecting “Kittens” instead of “UberX,” “UberSELECT” or “UberBLACK.” Employees of the ride-sharing service would then bring a couple kittens to the workplace, toys and treats in hand.
The city widely embraced #UberKittens, and for good reason: in addition to stress reduction, the initiative also helped to benefit local animal shelters.
All the kittens came from a shelter, and workers could fill out an adoption application on the spot to take a kitty home. The Uber representatives also collected money for donations to animal humane societies and cat rescue centers.
The program, described by Uber as a “pawsome experience” took place on North America’s “National Cat Day” and lasted between 11am and 3pm. Some of the kittens included in the “lineup” include:
  • Bombalurina
  • Marley and Joe (brothers)
  • Rumpleteazer
  • Dali and Galla
  • Mungojerrie
  • Eeny, Meenie, Minie and Moe (siblings)
While #UberKittens was only a one day event, many employers in North America have incorporated cats into the workplace to boost office morale and encourage productivity.
A government office in New Mexico, for example, runs a “cat library” designed to allow employees to keep a borrowed cat at their desk for the day. In addition, pet insurer PetPlan holds a regular “Bring Your Cat to Work Day.”

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