The Cat Cafe Will Reopen on Monday, May 25
As you know, because of COVID-19, The Cat Cafe has been closed since March 17, 2020. It’s been a long two months without visitors even with us being able to continue to work with The Rescue House to send cats home. We’ve done more than a dozen adoptions since we closed and that’s something we’re proud of. But it’s still not the same as having supporters like you visit.
That’s why we’re so pleased to announce that we will resume welcoming in person visits on Monday, May 25. But in a world with COVID-19, we are going to have to make some modifications to our procedures. First, we’re going to modify our hours. We’ll be open from 9 AM to 4 PM because we need a little extra time each morning to do more cleaning than we did before the pandemic.
Second, admissions will be by reservations only. This is so that we can control the flow of visitors in a way that allows for social distancing. If you arrive without a reservation, we will let you know when the next available time is and we’ll book you for that time.
We are also reducing the number of people who will be admitted to the cat playpen from 12 to 10. Again, this is to ensure that proper social distancing protocols are maintained.
And we’re unfortunately going to have to institute an age limit, where no children under six will be permitted to enter the playpen due to concerns about their ability to comply with social distancing requirements.
We hope that you understand the need to make these changes at The Cat Cafe. We simply cannot return to the procedures we had in place before the pandemic forced us to close. Those procedures would jeopardize the safety of our employees, visitors and volunteers and that’s something we’re not willing to do.
When you do visit, you’ll be able to meet the newest members of the clowder at The Cat Cafe.
Bruce is the first cat we’ll introduce you to. He’s five years old and lost his people in a strange way. They left him at a pet sitter, and never came back to get him. The pet sitter contacted The Rescue House and he worked his way here. Bruce is FIV positive and that’s one virus you don’t have to worry about. After he settled in at The Cat Cafe, Bruce started to “help” people he likes with their work.
Madeline is an eight year old calico. This girl lost her person and her home, and she wandered over to a neighbor’s house. The people living there contacted an independent cat rescuer and soon Madeline found herself in The Rescue House system. Since arriving at The Cat Cafe, Madeline has shown she’s got a feisty side (no surprise for a calico) but when she’s in the mood, she’s loving and playful.
Next up are a trio of cats that are about as young as we get, Milan, Paris and Sassy. They’re seven to eight months old. Milan is the boy in the threesome. He’s a fan of high spots, and quickly decided that the place he would claim as his at The Cat Cafe would be the top of the Urban Feline grand Caribbean palm.
Then there’s Paris. She’s aptly named, because she’s sleek, graceful and elegant. And like the city, once you get to know her, she shows her less obvious side to you, purring up a storm and showing you there’s a lot of energy where you didn’t expect it.
The last member of this trio is Sassy. And her name is fitting. This little calico girl has a lot of spunk and she’s not deterred when some of the cats who have lived at The Cat Cafe for longer get upset with her. She simply walks away with her tail up in the air and tries to make another friend.
There’s also Mozart. He’s about four years old. After deciding a life on his own wasn’t right, Mozart walked over to a colony of community cats and joined them. Soon, a person who cared for them noticed Mozart and they became friends. After deciding he would do better inside, they contacted The Rescue House. Mozart then spent some time in a foster home before joining the clowder at The Cat Cafe.
The last members of the clowder at The Cat Cafe who we’ll introduce you to are Pharroh and Tux. These two boys were in a hoarding situation when a local animal shelter pulled them. These two didn’t have a lot of time left when a kind person pulled them. The Rescue House learned about their sad story and decided to find a home for them.
Pharroh is a bit of a goof. You’ll find him running all over the place looking for toys. And when he finds these toys, he will knock all of them on the floor and hide them. Bring this fluffy gray boy home and you’ll be looking under the couch for things all the time.
His brother Tux is a little less active but he’s much more people oriented. Whenever there’s someone around the playpen, Tux will call out to them. And he gets louder until he’s acknowledged. You can hear Tux calling out from the coffee bar side of The Cat Cafe.
We look forward to welcoming you back to meet these cats in person starting on Monday. Remember to make your reservations in advance. And thank you for supporting us through these challenging time.