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Tom invites a French exchange student to Chicago, but the “Guy” who shows up is a cat. Who is this mysterious cat, anyway? Is he an illegal immigrant, a lovesick cat on a quest, or maybe a spy? He's not a French teacher, as Tom had hoped, because everything he says comes out "Meow." The comedy/adventure is the second episode of the new web series CATastrophes (episode one is here). The show works on the premise that people will laugh at cats in odd situations. It also promotes adoption from cat shelters, which is okay in my book.

Promising that "funny things happen when cats appear," the series casts cats from local no-kill shelters in the starring roles. The hope, says "CATastrophes" co-creator Alana Grelyak, is that viewers will see playful cats in funny situations and want to adopt an animal for adventures of their own.

"[The films] get people into a different mindframe," Grelyak told The Huffington Post. "We're hoping that while we're making people laugh and putting adorable kittens in their face, we can get the message across and have a whole new audience reached."

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