In an effort to support an active lifestyle for area canines, the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission announced it will randomly start releasing cats in its dog parks.
“We want to encourage dog owners to give their beloved pets some exercise,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said. “Plus, seeing those dogs’ faces light up when a defenseless cat gets released into their territory is all the reward we need.”
McKnight insisted the proposal would create a win-win situation.
“Not only are the health and well-being of these dogs going to improve, but think of all the cats we can get rid of,” McKnight said. “We’ve already secured sponsorship from PetSmart, who will supply us with as many cats as we need. Frankly, we were only expecting to use a couple a month, but the more, the merrier.”
Many Baton Rouge residents are pleased with this new BREC promotion.
“We’ve already secured sponsorship from PetSmart, who will supply us with as many cats as we need. Frankly, we were only expecting to use a couple a month, but the more, the merrier.”
“I can’t explain it, but my lab, Smuckers, has been surprisingly upbeat,” dog owner Paul Shiffins said. “It’s like the announcement has caused some sort of cat pheromone to be released, and Smuckers can smell the fear. I tell you, he’s just chomping at the bit.”
While BREC can’t release the exact details of when and where the first “delivery” will take place, some dog owners have been scouting their parks for clues.
“Cats are notoriously difficult to transport, needing a team of wranglers just to secure them in a cage, and that sort of preparation is hard to hide,” dog owner Sara Dons explained. “It’s the reason I switched to dogs. When I had cats, every trip to the vet was like transporting that raptor in Jurassic Park. Man, do I hate cats.”
If all goes as well as expected, this promotion could see other parks come into play.
“I don’t want to jinx anything, but it would be great to drop a couple of cats in the water park on Lobdell,” McKnight said. “Ooh, just to see their faces as they get sopping wet would just make my day.”