PETA got an alternative of their wish for the “Scottie Dog” to be renamed “Rescue Dog” when Hasbro announced that their new cat token was based on a rescue cat.
PETA hoped that emphasizing that the dog was a rescue instead of a purebred would make people more aware about the plight of companion animals. Considering cats have an even higher euthanasia rate than dogs, we’re pretty thrilled that one companion animal on the Monopoly board will be speaking out for homeless animals.
Hasbro wrote about the new token, “Among the options for the new token is a cat. This token and its design was inspired in part by a cat named Shadow, who was rescued by one of our employees. Shadow recently passed away, so we are thrilled to pay homage to her by using her as inspiration for one of our potential new Monopoly tokens.”
The cat will be replacing the iron, one of the less popular token choices. We’re not surprised that cats stole the show. First our hearts, then the Internet and now board games. I only ask, what’s next?