You Can Invite a Shelter Pet to Your Next Zoom Meeting

This cat has no idea what anyone is talking about. In other words, a typical Zoom meeting.
This cat has no idea what anyone is talking about. In other words, a typical Zoom meeting.
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Working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a number of virtual meetings held via applications like Zoom. Participants who have been housebound may not bring a lot of energy to these conferences, but now there’s a way to ensure at least one of them will be wagging a tail. An animal shelter in Richmond, Virginia, is offering up dogs and cats as temporary co-workers.

According to The Dodo, Richmond Animal Care and Control is allowing businesses around the country to add a shelter pet to their virtual gatherings. Companies can email the shelter and arrange for a day and time to have a homeless animal participate. Companies can request a specific type of animal or temperament. Maybe they want a quiet dog—or maybe they want a cat sprinting across the frame. The shelter will do its best to accommodate and has even set up some makeshift “office” backgrounds to make their animals look like corporate movers and shakers.

“We were just thinking of something we could do that would make people smile,” Christie Chipps Peters, the director of Richmond Animal Care and Control, told The Dodo. “We are surrounded by animals every day, and we really do understand the love and comfort that comes from them.”

The shelter is hoping the effort will bring more attention to potential adoptees. If you’d like to book a pet, you can email the shelter at katiegantt@richmondgov.com.

[h/t The Dodo]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Treat Your Feline This Holiday Season With Fancy Feast’s Cat Food Advent Calendar

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Fancy Feast/Chewy

In anticipation of the holiday season, many children and adults get to unwrap mini presents each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas day, during what's known as Advent. Though Advent itself dates back to the 4th century, the version we know today, complete with the chocolate-filled calendars, was popularized in the early 1900s. And apparently it's no longer just for humans, because Fancy Feast is letting your feline roommate in on the fun with this unique cat food Advent calendar, now available at Chewy for $23.

For the 24 days leading up to Christmas, your cat will get to enjoy a variety of different wet foods, including favorites like grilled salmon, chicken, and more. There is even a unique ornament included with each calendar featuring a cat in the shape of a heart that can go right onto your tree. (Also, don't be surprised to find your actual cat making its way into the middle of your tree; they're known climbers.)

Now while you enjoy your Advent calendars from brands like LEGO, Funko, and more, your cat will be able to join in on the fun as well. To learn more about Fancy Feast's Feastivites Advent Calendar, head on over to Chewy.

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