New Mexico ‘cat library’ goes viral

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A special perk county workers get in one New Mexico office has caught the internet’s attention.

Since 2012, the Animal Care Center of Mesilla Valley and Dona Ana County have worked together on the Kitty Kondo, a cat habitat set up inside the Dona Ana County Government Center that’s filled with adoptable cats.

It turns out the Kitty Kondo isn’t just a spot for cats to be seen and hopefully adopted. According to a post on Reddit by a county worker, it’s also a cat library of sorts for workers there. They’re apparently allowed to borrow the cats and bring them back to their desks. The extra attention helps the cats acclimate to being around humans and is apparently a nice morale boost for employees.

In the few days that post has been up, the “cat library” post has racked up more than 1,200 comments and has gotten coverage on BuzzFeed as well as the Huffington Post.

Apparently a lot of people want kittens as coworkers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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