The Cat Cafe Clowder Adds Ten Cats

With The Rescue House now providing cats to The Cat Cafe, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we had a lot of new cats arrive. The only cat who is left from before the transition is Jacey. She’s here as a breed ambassador, showing that bengal cats are not the threats to wildlife and people that some misguided individuals claimed when trying to ban them in California.

We’ve got ten new cats to introduce you to. First up is Mary Ann. She’s a five year old girl who loves interacting with people, but who demands that other cats give her some space. She isn’t aggressive towards other cats but she will let them know if they get too close.

Meet Mary Ann at The Cat Cafe

Mary Ann

Tolliver is a friendly cat who is a year and seven months old. He arrived at The Cat Cafe after being pulled from Imperial County. We think he’s a Siamese mix, not just because of his coloration, but because he loves to talk.

Meet Tolliver at The Cat Cafe

Tolliver

Nathan is one of the resident house panthers at The Cat Cafe. He’s a four year old guy who wasn’t able to go with his people when they moved. If Nathan trusts you, he’s a very loving cat and he’ll give you lots of head bonks and purrs.

Meet Nathan at The Cat Cafe

Nathan

Have you ever wondered what a polydactyl cat looks like? Now is your chance to find out. Dora is our resident polydactyl and she’s got seven toes on each front paw. She likes to use those extra toes to grab on to things. Not surprisingly, this four year old loves playing with string toys.

Meet Dora at The Cat Cafe

Dora

Arlow is the youngest member of The Cat Cafe clowder. He’s a little under a year, and he’s definitely rambunctious and fun. You’ll find this guy running around and chasing toys until he gets tired. Then he curls up for a nap. But as soon as he’s awake, he’s right back at it. He gives Jacey a run for her money as the most energetic cat here.

Meet Arlow at The Cat Cafe

Arlow

Next up is Andrew. This guy, who is going on five, lived a pretty rough life before he made his way here. Andrew was injured in a cat fight while living on the street. As he recovered, his personality came out and he showed how loving he can be. He’s a little leery of other cats, but not in an aggressive way. As long as they respect his personal space, everything is fine.

Meet Andrew at The Cat Cafe

Andrew

Boo is a big boy. This eight year old guy is likely part Maine coon, but we don’t have any papers so we can’t say for sure. He’s a friendly cat, although he’s a little shy initially. When we have to move Boo from places he doesn’t belong, he doesn’t struggle at all. We think he’s the gentle giant of The Cat Cafe.

Meet Boo at The Cat Cafe

Boo

It wouldn’t be a cat cafe without an orange kitty, would it? That’s why we’re glad we have Bronze here. Orange cats have the reputation of being very friendly and fun. Our four year old ginger is a little shy, but he loves to be pet. And if he really likes you, he’ll drool when you pet him.

Meet Bronze at The Cat Cafe

Bronze

Herkie has an unusual name. We think someone named him Hercules initially but then shortened it. It doesn’t matter to this seven year old house panther. He’s a shy one, and it may take a while for you to get to interact with him here at The Cat Cafe. But it is well worth the effort!

Meet Herkie at The Cat Cafe

Herkie

And the tenth member of our clowder here at The Cat Cafe is Whiskers. He is also the oldest cat here, at nine years. No, you are not seeing double. That is not Andrew. Whiskers looks a lot like Andrew but he’s much more tolerant of other cats. And he enjoys interacting with people, too.

Meet Whiskers at The Cat Cafe

Whiskers

We’ve got quite a few new cats for you to meet here. Come visit The Cat Cafe and say hello to them! If you’re planning on coming during the weekend and don’t want to wait, make a reservation.

The Cat Café Partners with Rescue House for Adoptable Cats

Since The Cat Café opened in January 2015, we have partnered with San Diego Humane Society for adoptable cats. Our partnership has been an extremely productive and enjoyable one. We’ve adopted out 219 cats, which helped free up much needed space at our partner’s facility. And we’re glad to have played a role in helping San Diego Humane Society with its goal of Getting to Zero.

Dean Was Adopted At The Cat Cafe

One of the 219 Adoptions of San Diego Humane Society Cats The Cat Cafe Has Completed

When The Cat Cafe opened, San Diego Humane Society didn’t have as many Neighborhood Adoption Centers. In order to help find more homes for adoptable animals, San Diego Humane Society expanded the number of Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Adding an additional five Petco and PetSmart locations helped find more homes for adoptable cats. But it also made it next to impossible for San Diego Humane Society to provide enough cats to all of its partners.

That is why effective February 11, 2017, The Cat Cafe will partner with The Rescue House for adoptable cats.

“Our partnership with San Diego Humane Society has been a strong one. They’ve been extremely responsive and helpful during the more than two years we’ve been working with them. They helped us get things going when we were in the planning stages, and they’ve been extremely supportive. Unfortunately, the demand for adoptable animals has escalated to a point where they just can’t keep up. That’s why we’ll be working with Rescue House for adoptable cats moving forward,” said Tony Wang, General Manager of The Cat Café

“We have a win-win-win arrangement for adoptable cats,” said Sarah Thompson, Director of Corporate Adoption Partnerships for San Diego Humane Society. “The Rescue House will now have a location — The Cat Café for showcasing rescued cats for adoption. Patrons of The Cat Café can continue interacting with cats in a friendly, social environment, and SDHS can honor the partnership we enjoy with Petco. There’s no shortage of cats in need of homes, but we’re limited in the number of cats who enjoy living at an offsite facility where they are greeted by many people throughout the day. Our most outgoing cats who thrive in these types of settings go to our offsite adoption locations.”

“We are very excited to join with The Cat Café as their adoption partner,” said Joan Star, Director of The Rescue House. This is such a wonderful way to have adoptable cats that are waiting to find their forever home, do so in a comfortable, expansive, homelike environment where they receive attention and love from the patrons of The Cat Café. And the patrons of The Cat Café receive attention and love from the cats. This is a winning combination that we are honored to be a part of.”

While San Diego Humane Society won’t be providing us with cats anymore, The Cat Cafe will continue to support their mission to Inspire Compassion. And from a customer perspective, there won’t be any difference. Customers will continue to enjoy their locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks in the company of friendly cats.

If you have any questions, please let us know. And we look forward to seeing you in The Cat Cafe soon!

Two Cats from El Centro Join The Clowder

Visitors to The Cat Cafe know that we have fewer cats than we like right now. San Diego Humane Society simply does not have the number of cats they typically have in. We’re fortunate that they understand that we must have cats or we don’t have a business. Some of their other neighborhood adoption centers do not have any cats at all. And if you walk through their main campus, you’ll see there are lots of adoption rooms with only one or two cats.

That doesn’t mean they’re not working hard to get cats for customers at The Cat Cafe to interact with. Recently, they stepped in to help Imperial County Humane Society, whose shelter was nearing capacity. They made the long drive out to El Centro, and brought back a number of cats. Two of these cats made a much shorter trip to The Cat Cafe. And after they made such a long journey, it’s only fitting that they have long names.

Meet Countess Purrington at The Cat Cafe

Countess Purrington

First up is Countess Purrington, and is she ever appropriately named. This brown tabby didn’t take long to work her way into the staff’s heart. She’s about two years old, and she’s a big girl, tipping the scales at 15 pounds. While she’s heavier than she should be, one thing we don’t want to see get smaller on her is her heart. She’s got a cute little meow, and when she gets to know you, you’ll hear that little meow. And that’s how you’ll learn why she got her name, because she’ll purr like crazy when you pet her.

Meet Professor Popcorn at The Cat Cafe

Professor Popcorn

The second cat to make the trip from El Centro to The Cat Cafe via San Diego Humane Society is Professor Popcorn. Our professor is three years old, and he weighs around 13 pounds. He’s a little more shy and will take more time to warm up to you and play than most. But people who are willing to take that time will be rewarded by a handsome cat head bonking them. We’re not sure how he got his name, but we really don’t mind because it’s pretty cute!

Even with the reinforcements, we still have fewer cats than we would like on site. We’re working hard to bring more of them in, and we appreciate your patience while we do this. Come on in to see these new arrivals and hang out with old friends at The Cat Cafe!

The Cat Cafe Sends Seven Cats Home in December

During December, The Cat Cafe gets a lot of visitors for the holidays. We’re always happy to have this influx of visitors who get to meet our San Diego Humane Society cats. Some of them fall in love with the cats and then they go home. What better way to close out the year than with a new four legged family member?

Sunflower Was Adopted at The Cat Cafe

Sunflower

The first adoption we completed in December was for a special needs cat named Sunflower. Sunflower arrived at The Cat Cafe after surgery to correct an eye condition called entropion.

We had a number of veterinarians come through because of the CVC San Diego, and they all commented on how his surgery was very successful. Even though some visitors expressed concerns over the scabs from the surgery, we left them alone. We didn’t want to pick off the scabs and potentially reopen the wounds.

“We’re always happy when we send any cat home,” said Tony Wang, general manager of The Cat Cafe. “But when it’s a special needs cat, it’s even better. Often, adopters overlook them. So we really enjoy it when someone sees past their medical condition and decides to adopt!”

In addition, The Cat Cafe raised $294 in contributions for San Diego Humane Society. “We also really enjoy helping raise money to help our partner with its mission to ‘Inspire Compassion’ throughout San Diego County,” added Wang.

“Our partnership with The Cat Café has been instrumental in finding homes for our cats much quicker,” said Sarah Thompson, Director of Corporate Adoption Partnerships at San Diego Humane Society. “Not only does it open up more space at San Diego Humane Society so we’re able to take in more animals in need of immediate care but it also provides additional socialization and a new environment to be seen by potential adopters. We’re so grateful for this partnership and every person who chooses to adopt!”

We look forward to seeing you visit us at The Cat Cafe throughout 2017. Help us kick off the new year right and see if you fall in love with one of our feline friends.

The Cat Cafe Sends Five Cats Home In November

With November coming to a close and the end of the year in sight, The Cat Cafe continued to send adoptable cats from San Diego Humane Society to good homes. In the month of November, The Cat Cafe completed five adoptions.

Stewie was Adopted at The Cat Cafe

Stewie

“This was a slow month from the adoption perspective,” said Tony Wang, general manager of The Cat Cafe. “However, we’ve heard from multiple animal welfare organizations throughout San Diego that adoptions were slow in November. We hope that December will see a pick up in our adoption rate. Still, we’re happy that we sent five cats to good homes.”

The Cat Cafe also raised $220 for San Diego Humane Society during the month. “Instead of soliciting tips for our employees, we pay them an above market wage,” said Wang. “That means we can solicit donations for San Diego Humane Society. We believe in giving back to the community. And so we work to help raise some money to help our partner perform their life saving mission.”

In addition, The Cat Cafe introduced additional food items produced by another San Diego based company. Adam’s Lunch Box joins Cafe Virtuoso, West Coast Coffee Roasters, Bread & Cie, and The Cravory as locally based suppliers to The Cat Cafe.

“Our partnership with The Cat Café has been instrumental in finding homes for our cats much quicker,” said Sarah Thompson, Director of Corporate Adoption Partnerships at San Diego Humane Society. “Not only does it open up more space at San Diego Humane Society so we’re able to take in more animals in need of immediate care but it also provides additional socialization and a new environment to be seen by potential adopters. We’re so grateful for this partnership and every person who chooses to adopt!”

We here at The Cat Cafe enjoyed the five adoptions we completed in November. We look forward to sending a lot of cats home in December and in 2017!


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