This Adorable Japanese Train Filled with Adoptable Stray Kittens Will Make Your Day

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Organizations trying to raise awareness for a cause are always on the lookout for a new captivating idea that will generate interest, buzz, and much needed donations.

Recently, an animal welfare advocacy group in Japan knocked it out of the park with their newest campaign to raise awareness for Japan’s stray cat problem.

And their solution might be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

 

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  via : Yahoo! News  

Japan has a large population of stray cats. Through innovative awareness campaigns, the number of cats that are turned into shelters and ultimately killed has dropped from 238,929 in 2004 to 45,574 in 2016. Kitten Café Sanctuary, an animal advocacy NGO, hopes to bring that number down even more with its latest feline-themed idea.

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Somehow, instead of the idea of stray cats on public transit making our skin crawl, we are overcome with the impulse to snuggle and speak in baby voices.

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During a special one day event, passengers were treated to the company of 30 fluffy kitties, and lunch, in a collaboration between Kitten Café Sanctuary and Yoro Railway Co Ltd.

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  via : Twitter  

A portion of the ticket fee will go towards Kitten Café Sanctuary’s operating costs.

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  via : Twitter  

Now under the protection of the sanctuary, they are available for adoption, train rides, and cuddles. Which is so much better! So how have people reacted to this moving cat café?

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  via : Twitter  

The cat café concept is fairly common in Japan, where rescue and advocacy groups regularly set up in restaurants and cafés to allow people to mingle with feline companions while enjoying a meal. This is the first time that Japan’s love for kittens has been combined with its love for train travel.

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  via : Twitter  

Passengers not only enjoyed their few hours of relaxation and kitten play, they also felt like it was a great way to raise awareness for the plight of stray cats in Japan.

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  via : Twitter  

I don’t consider myself a crazy cat lady, but I’d like to ride this train maybe forever too. Regardless if you’re a cat lover or not, how can you not love the idea of rescued cats getting a full day of love and attention from doting train passengers? It’s a win for everyone!

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When I’m dealing with hard reality and need to think of my happy place, it might just be a train rolling through Japan with a bento box in one hand and a few dozen cats in the other.

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so too are trains. And lunch. And many things…

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But I’m glad they did!

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