Commute getting too boring for you? Japan has a furry solution.
If you take the local train between Ogaki and Ikeno in Japan, you will be welcomed by meows on your way to work. A collaboration between a cat sanctuary and the Yoro railway in central Japan is trying to spread awareness about stray cats by letting people mix with them.
The Cat Café Train launched on Sunday welcomed passengers to pet and play with around 30 rescued cats while raising awareness about their condition. All the cats on the Cat Café Train were saved from being culled by the Kitten Cafe Sanctuary. A ride with commuters provides them a chance to show their cuter side.
Over 30 cats were part of the project to raise awareness about stray adoption.Japan’s fervor for cats was seen when tickets for the Cat Café Train was sold out in one day as people couldn’t resist petting and cooing cats during the two and a half hour journey between Yoro station and Ikeno. For those travelling in the opposite direction, there was a second Cat Café Train from Ikeno to Ogaki with only 40 people being allowed to board.
The lucky ones to grab a ticket got a bento lunch box, sweets and an unlimited travel ticket for the day. The proceeds will be used for further rescue operations.
Japan over the past few years has seen a dip in its cat culling, reported The Economic Times. The number of felines showing up in shelters has dropped by 70 percent in the past 12 years from 237,246 in 2004 to 72,624 in 2016.The cat pollution currently in Japan stands at around 9.8 million. With so many meows on board, commute just got interesting for Japan.