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Russian library hires stray cat

Kuzma the cat is drawing people into the library.

By Vetstreet Sep 20, 2013 2:25PM

Kuzma wanders through the shelves at a library in Russia. / YouTube / The Atlantic CitiesA Russian library has found the key to attracting more people to use its services: they’ve hired a cat.

Kuzma was found on the library’s front steps one day, and the staff quickly fell in love. They filed official paperwork allowing a feline in the library, and hired the grateful kitty to greet visitors and entertain children in exchange for 30 packets of food a month and a bowtie uniform.

Everyone seems happy with the deal. After hiring Kuzma, the library “saw a significant increase in patronage. It turned out that people would come for the cat but stay for the book lending service,” according to the Japanese news site Rocket News 24.

— Read it at The Atlantic Cities

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Photo: Kuzma wanders through the shelves at a library in Russia. / YouTube / The Atlantic Cities

Sep 20, 2013 6:02PM
that's a great way to honor our pets
Sep 20, 2013 5:42PM
Pets in libraries work (no pun intended) depending on the location.  As a retired school and public librarian (after 35 years of service), I speak from experience when saying it's safer to have them in RURAL libraries where everybody knows each other and looks out for pets.  I had a friend who took her dog to work during the morning shift--no complaints, ever.  But in a big city library, it's a different jungle.  You don't want your undesirables and such abusing the pets or stealing them!
Sep 20, 2013 5:31PM

My Mom worked at a high school library when I was a kid, and they had a cat there named R.P.T. (Rodentia Prevention Technician)

Sep 20, 2013 5:24PM
everyone has to have a gimmick. does the cat get taken home overnight or does he have to stay in the stacks by himself? I can see him getting up to mischief when no one is watching and he gets bored. did he sign on the dotted line with a paw print? ask him if he has an agent.
Sep 20, 2013 5:22PM
Years ago we kept barn cats on the farm to keep down the barn mice. Our 4 house cats and one outside ferral cat are to lazy and well fed to bother with mouse hunting. So now I keep a six foot black snake in and around the barn to catch the mice. he or she does a nice job and I do not have to worryabout intruders going into my barn. All little creatures have a purpose in nature. But I have not figured out what mice are supposed to be good for. LOL
Our Library has had a cat for years. Highly recommend it
Sep 20, 2013 4:52PM
I love it!!!  When you hear of all the cruelty done to animals, it's awesome that you always see the opposite. When ALL people stop treating animals cruelly, we, as a species will have evolved into something a little higher. And yes, I eat meat and wear leather, but there are ways of raising farm animals that are a lot less cruel than what happens to most of them. And we don't have to give animals a painful death either.
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