Shelly Roche has harnessed the power of the internet. Is she making her fortune? No, sheâ€™s helping cats find permanent homes, and shining the international spotlight on the Langley Animal Protection Society.
Her site, Tinykittens has a 24-hour webcam so people can watch the cats, kittens, and even pregnant cats. What she calls Resuce Kitten Reality TV has 1.4 million Facebook followers and has generated substantial donations for the local no-kill animal shelter.
One cat, Dorothy, is about to give birth.
Roche, who fosters cats for LAPS, posted on Facebook about these efforts.
â€œPeople often ask why I broadcast the births live. One of the main reasons is to give parents who want their kids to experience the â€˜miracle of birthâ€™ an alternative to letting their own cats reproduce.
â€œOf course, an even better alternative is to sign up to be a foster family for your local shelter. That way, youâ€™ll be saving lives and not contributing to the cat overpopulation crisis.â€
Many have free or low-cost spay/neuter programs, and can help, Roche noted.
Roche is with Dorothy and figures the cats will be born shortly. Please note this is a live web feed and could get messy. It’s estimated that she has eight kittens in her.