John Bartlett, 43, is a computer programmer and volunteer at a cat animal shelter in Arlington, Washington. According to The Seattle Times, he has been fostering cats and their new kittens from the Purrfect Pals shelter for years, as cats can’t be adopted until they turn 2 months old. In 2012, Bartlett decided he wanted to keep a close eye on the kittens when he was away and set up a video camera aimed at their pen.
“I thought, if I’m going to watch them, why not let others? I started a link,” Bartlett told the source.
When Bartlett first created the live stream of kitten cuteness, he got about 100 followers. However, the number soon turned to 300 and now he has over 40,000 followers. Even “Mythbusters” star Grant Imahara follows Bartlett’s kitten stream.
The cat videos have sparked a boom in kitten adoption at the Purrfect Pals shelter. People from across the country and around the globe call asking to adopt one of the kittens they watched online. While Purrfect Pets only allows in-state adoptions, they always direct distant callers to other animal shelters. Not only has the video stream increased cat adoption rates for the shelter, but it has brought in supplies. The shelter adds cat food to its Amazon wish list and Bartlett’s followers purchase and donate it.