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For fur-ever

Written by Kathy Witt

Working hard to reunite lost pets with their families and find those fur-ever homes for cats and dogs in need in the Georgetown area is the goal of the Scott County Humane Society (SCHS).

CentralPurrk Outlet mall signIn early January, the SCHS is getting the purrfect partner to help in its mission. Central Purrk Cat Café opens its doors to connect felines with families, forever. Owned by Ryan and Jennifer Hoskins, the café is part coffee shop and part cat adoption center and 100 percent cat-tastic.

“On average, shelters house three times the amount of cats as dogs,” said Jennifer. “Going to a shelter can be hard for some folks, so this gives people a relaxing and fun environment to visit with cats and hopefully adopt.”

Visitors can sip coffee or tea, wine or beer and munch on assorted yummies from local bakeries while cuddling and cavorting with the 10 cats in residence at the cat lounge.CentralPurrk overview (Half of the cats will be from SCHS; the other half will be from the Lexington Humane Society.) Can’t resist taking your newfound fur friend home? No problem. You can adopt on the spot at Central Purrk; all adoptions fees will go directly to the respective humane society.

Folks can also choose to simply come in, pay the cat lounge fee and visit with the cats in the cat lounge for a set amount of time – 30 minutes or an hour.

“It’s truly a relaxing, fun environment,” said Jennifer. “If someone in a household is allergic, this allows the other family members to get their ‘cat fix.’ And if someone falls in love with a cat, they can adopt that day.”

Why cats make great companions*:

  • Sure, dogs get all the feels but cats offer an unconditional love, too.
  • Cats lower stress and anxiety.
  • Cats help you sleep better.
  • A cat’s purr can calm your nervous system and lower blood pressure.
  • Cats can turn a bad day into a good one – just pet or play with your cat and see if you don’t start smiling.
  • Cats reduce feelings of loneliness.

Central Purrk Cat Café is the fourth cat lounge to come to Kentucky and the 200th one in the country. Learn more about the café on its website or Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No reservations are required to visit the café, but they are strongly recommended to visit the cat lounge.

s7197nvb7xntc6lrFor more than three decades, the Scott County Humane Society has relied on donations, grants and fundraising to support and develop new and existing programs to assist in its goals. The mission? To ensure humane care and conditions for companion animals through spay/neuter, humane awareness education and responsible pet adoption and ownership.

SCHS Mission

To learn more about the work and mission of this non-profit organization, visit its Adoption and Education Center in the Indian Acres Shopping Center (S. Broadway Pocahontas) in Georgetown. SCHS is 12-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also visit online at www.sc4paws.org or call 502-863-3279.

In Georgetown, you can always depend on the kindness of strangers and friends alike. Read more about how this community loves to be kind here.

*Compiled from Purina and www.helpguide.org.


Author: Kathryn Witt

Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.


 


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