The first cat café in the Pacific Northwest, Purringtons Cat Lounge opens Saturday, January 24, 2015
Portland-area cat lovers can get a taste of the cat café trend sweeping the nation when Purringtons Cat Lounge opens its doors on Saturday, January 24. The first of its kind in Portland and the sixth “cat café” to open in the United States, Purringtons Cat Lounge will house cats for adoption from CAT.
The two organizations have been working together to make sure this unique coffee shop/adoption center is appropriate for cats and fun for customers.
“From the minute I heard about cat cafés, I knew it was something that Portland would love,” says Purringtons Cat Lounge president, Kristen Castillo. “Working with CAT ensures that Purringtons is good for cats and cats lovers alike.”
So far, eight cats have moved into Purringtons Cat Lounge, built to house six to 10 felines at once. Similar to CAT’s partnerships with other offsite adoption centers, adoptions from Purringtons will follow CAT’s adoption policies, procedures, and fees.
“Having some of the Cat Adoption Team’s cats at Purringtons is a fantastic opportunity for people to meet and adopt these cats,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Purringtons has made the cats’ comfort and safety big priorities, and we are excited for the café to open.”
In addition to housing adoptable cats, Purringtons Cat Lounge will serve a variety of beverages, pastries, and other light fare.
The grand opening celebration for Purringtons Cat Lounge will take place Saturday, January 24 from noon until 6 p.m. at Purringtons NE Porltand location (3529 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). A limited menu will be available in the café, and guests can go into the cat lounge for free
30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.
The café will open with full menu, reservation system, and regular hours beginning Sunday, January 25. For additional details, visit purringtonscatlounge.com.
The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is participating in #GivingTuesday, a worldwide effort to celebrate and encourage generosity. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and individuals around the globe will join together to show their support of charitable organizations.
According to #GivingTuesday’s website, this daylong celebration was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Today, the celebration has grown into a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
CAT encourages our supporters to join us in this unique opportunity to celebrate programs and services that have a positive impact in our community.
Aside from making a donation, one of the most popular ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday is to share a photograph and text about why you give. Participants can join the fun by uploading a “selfless selfie” to social media sites using the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday. CAT is offering a free template (pdf) to use when you and/or your feline shares an #UNselfie online.