When people think of enlisting a pet for the protection, the first animal that comes to mind is generally a dog. But over in Troy, Michigan, police are mixing things up with a feline “pawficer.”
But while dogs might be more common among law enforcement, the idea of a feline agent isn’t entirely unheard of. Over in England, a “chief mouser” named Palmerston keeps the UK Foreign Office clear of vermin with 27 dead rats — and counting.
Up north, a short-tailed cat named Stubbs served as the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for decades, once even surviving a brutal attack from a dog with political ambitions. In Japan, feline station guards are so common that the country even runs a Cat Stationmaster Training School.
Regardless, Pawficer Donut, who was sworn in last week, will serve in more of a PR capacity (though officers would probably be thrilled if she killed a rat or two on the side). Her main job is to showcase the soft side of the Michigan police force which, like all cops, can sometimes get a bad rap. Secondly, she’ll serve to raise awareness for animal rescues everywhere, which she already does well by being Instagram-ready and very, very cute.
Watch Pawficer Donut raise her paw in her swearing-in ceremony below!
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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