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Announcement: ‘Kool Kat’ achieves therapy certification

Kool Kat, a black burmese cat, sits on a chair at a Bank of Books Story Time event on April 26, 2014. Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Staff Report
9:55 am PDT June 24, 2014

Malibu resident Karen Smythe’s feline friend “Kool Kat” achieved therapy animal certification in late May from Love On A Leash, a pet therapy organization.

“It means he’s just like a therapy dog,” said Smythe. “He’s friendly around people and can go to homes where elderly people like to sit and pet a cat. It can be therapeutic and comforting to people, and he is safe and friendly with children so kids can read to him, too.”

Smythe and Kool Kat, a black burmese cat, join more than 1,900 Love On A Leash members throughout the United States.

For an animal to become a Love On A Leash-certified therapy pet, he or she must successfully complete an evaluation from a local Love On A Leash chapter.

Additionally, the pet must complete 10 hours of supervised visits, five of which must be with the same person.