An animal rescue group based in Tokyo is partnering with local landlords and their prospective tenants to open buildings that come equipped with appliances, built-in cabinetry and... cats. A team effort by Tokyo Cat Guardian and concerned landlords aims to rescue cats from animal shelters and find them safe homes, by seeking out apartment dwellers who want to have some company. As Kotaku reports, the project stems from genuine concern for felines, and so the cats won't simply be left to their own devices in strange locations:
According to My Navi, there is a screening process, and everything is on a case-by-base basis. The organization tries to make the experience as easy as possible on the animals. There's also phone support for residents, should they need feline advice.
These apartments might be ideal for those who want cats, but might be concerned about their age (to be blunt, they're worried about, perhaps, dying) or they think they'll have to be transferred for work. You can return the animals to the protection group after your lease ends.
It will be possible for apartment-dwellers to become a cat's rightful owner in the event that they move, though, as the Kotaku piece points out, "it's probably smarter just to get your own cat-from a shelter, preferably." But, the program also promotes itself as a positive alternative for people who are reluctant to commit to adopting a cat of their own for the sake of the animal, such as the elderly or those who transfer locations often for their jobs. Ultimately, the project could be a good way to keep cats safe while also making sure they're loved.