After an intense interview process, Fort Smith Police Department in Arkansas has officially welcomed their newest officer…err, pawfficer… to their team. The yet-to-be-named rescue kitten is joining the department in an official capacity to communicate with citizens and spread the word about animal rescue and welfare.
The adorable blue-eyed kitten hails from a local cat rescue called Jen’s Kitty Rehab. The non-profit offers a cage-free environment for the abandoned, abused, and neglected cats of the area. Many of the rescue’s feline residents are found roaming the streets or living in backyards, construction zones, or public parks. Shelter staff focuses on providing a safe space for all cats while encouraging socialization that will help the felines thrive in future forever homes.
The lucky kitten chosen for the Fort Smith Police Department was one of about five original applicants.
Choosing between a group of adorable kittens was no easy task. The chosen kitten came to Jen’s Kitty Rehab after being found with a rope around his tail. After getting cleaned up by his rescuers, he was picked by police officers for not only his unbelievably cute face, but also his outgoing personality.
He’s putting that curious personality to good use at his new job. He’s already done the rounds to meet his new coworkers, and he even got to try out some official police equipment. After settling in, the kitten’s first order of business was to write his first official memo on social media. He introduces himself to his fellow Fort Smith citizens and says,
“Now they’ve put me to work on this here social medicine thingy, where I plan to give you, the Fort Smith citizenry, helpful tips on how to stay safe on the road, at home, in parking lots, and anywhere else trouble lurks. I’ll also be dropping by community events with my partner Officer Robyn Shoptaw and, hopefully, encouraging you to give cats and dogs like me a home.”
But before this pawfficer of the law can really get to work, he needs a name.
The police department has enlisted the help of the public to pin down the purrrfect name for their hardest worker.
“In the next several days, we will be compiling names for our furry friend. We will be asking for the public to help us pick the purrrrfect name.”
So far, the leading options are Fuzz, Cuffs, and Blue. It seems that Pawfficer Fuzz came in as the winner!
Check out this adorable video the Fort Smith Police Department recently shared of Pawfficer Fuzz being officially sworn in for duty!