When I was in library school, there was a dying tradition in rural Ohio of having "library cats" -- a residential cat in a library. Theresa Coleman writes about a hardware store in her area that has a cat and contemplates:
I wonder what church would be like if we did have cats and dogs in the church. I wonder what it would be like to have a cat sit in your lap during service or have a dog help out at Sunday School. Or at least, a cat in the church office. I wonder what it would be like if dogs did roam in the sanctuary, looking for crumbs under the communion table. I do wonder.