In operation for a year – no less in the midst of the Covid pandemic – the Purrfect Day Café has made more than 650 cat adoptions.
With this record, the Covington location is in the top 10 of around 120 similar cat cafes in the US, owner Chuck Patton told RCN.
“This takes into account multiple Covid shutdowns, government mandates, bridge shutdowns and supply chain issues,” Patton said. “We are optimistic about the future, but there is still a way to go as so many properties and services have been shut down for the same reasons.”
Purrfect Day Café (25 West 8th Street, Covington) celebrated its success and one year old on Saturday. It was decorated with balloons with lots of “Happy Meowr” specials all day.
“We’d like to do this to say ‘thank you’ to the community,” said Patton. “We work hard, but in reality we are only as strong as the community behind us. And we are very blessed. “
Patton opened its second Purrfect Day Café in Covington last year. His first location in Louisville was also very successful in the business and adoption sectors. In fact, the idea for the Covington location was born at the Louisville location.
In collaboration with the Kenton County Animal Shelter, the Cat Café introduces cats in need of a home to potential adoptive parents. It also serves coffee and food, and allows visitors to enjoy drinks and snacks while they play with kittens.
“Kenton County Animal Services Director Beckey Reiter came to our Louisville location and asked us how we were going to open a location in Kenton County,” said Patton. “I was born and raised in Northern Kentucky, so this idea really appealed to me.”
Purrfect Day Café is the only place in Covington where you can mingle with adoptable cats and kittens while sipping your favorite coffee or cocktail.
“We also appreciate everyone’s support,” said Patton. “Even if you don’t adopt, show us that you support us, get to know our mission and spend time with the cats.”
Patton said there really is nothing like a cat café.
“You come into this room, which is about 1,000 square feet, with about 15 to 25 cats or kittens,” Patton said. “It’s a great experience. You can detoxify yourself from your day; Relax with a kitten on your lap. You need this for your mental health and your emotional wellbeing. “
Purrfect Day Café works with Kenton County Animal Services (KCAS), which provides Kenton County animal control and shelter services. KCAS finds cats and kittens from local and regional animal shelters and prepares them for adoption such as: B. Veterinary Services. The cats live in the café until they are adopted. These animals are well socialized with humans and other cats, Patton said.
The cafe’s collaboration with local and regional animal shelters increases the visibility of animal shelter cats in a healthier, less stressful environment, Patton said.
Patton said the partnerships are even changing people’s views about cats. In areas with high stray populations, cats would often be viewed as a nuisance. By working together, the café and KCAS are helping to reduce these populations and thus change these attitudes.
According to Patton, cats are wonderful creatures.
“The most important lesson I learned is that cats don’t care what you look like, what you do for a living, what you drive,” he said. “They make sure that you love them. And if you do that, they will love you in return. “
Patton said he hopes to expand in the future but has no solid plans yet given the ongoing pandemic.
-Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor