Eclipsing Cats Go Viral

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The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is getting a lot of extra attention.  On Monday, the group posted a video that has now gone viral. We stopped by to see what inspired this shining moment.

Cat videos are always popular. Pair that with the hype surrounding the solar eclipse this week, and you have Internet gold.

“We had just been seeing a bunch of stuff about the eclipse and I just spun around and talked to my coworker Ali, and said ‘I have a great idea'” SFAHS Photographer/Marketing Bethany Buitenbos said. 

“Just supposed to be a cute video that we posted getting ready for the eclipse, knowing that we wouldn’t be able to see it because of the rain and the clouds. We kind of just wanted to do something fun,” SFAHS Special Events Coordinator Allison Kolander said.  

The eclipsing cats have been shared well over 100,000 times on Facebook. It’s also been picked up by publications online including the Washington Post, UniLad and others.

“It really took off within the first hour, and we’re like, ‘Hey, this is cool.’ Then over the past 24 hours it’s been a little crazy,” Kolander said. 

“We had comment after comment of people just tagging, ‘You have to see this. You have to see this. This is hilarious,'” Buitenbos said. 

All this attention has already paid off for the stars of the short film.

“Toast and Pepper have been adopted. Toast was adopted yesterday and Pepper was adopted this morning,” Kolander said. 

The Humane Society says it has received a few monetary donations and inquiries about the video from other countries. The organization hopes this continues and gets more cats adopted.





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