Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

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jeffersoncountyclerk.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 31 grand opening of the Purrfect Day Cat Cafe is completely booked. A glass partition divides the cafe — where you can buy "cat-ppetiz- ers" like hummus and pasta salad, "pawstries" (pastries) and "meow- cohol" (beer, wine) — from the cat room. Inside, families snuggle and play with 18 kittens up for adoption from the Kentucky Humane Soci- ety, all of them already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on shots. They scamper over a fuzzy rug, slide over the wood-panel floor and bat at feathery toys. A few pile up for naps in the ample beams of sun- light streaming through the front windows. Patton calls these group snooze-fests "cuddle puddles." About 15 employees keep things running, while volunteers play matchmaker with prospective adopters. Fifty minutes with the cats costs $10 per person, $12 on weekends. Adopting a kitten costs $120, but it's less for older cats. Adoption fees go back to KHS, as do all of Purrfect Day's tips. (Pat- ton, who has worked for two de- cades in marketing and advertising, says the cafe donated about $3,500 to KHS in its first week open.) Before one group's session ends, people line up and press their faces to the glass, eager for their turn. By mid-August, Purrfect Day has placed more than 50 cats in new homes, 10 on the first day alone. Patton hopes to adopt out 300 cats in his first year. At home, Patton keeps an eye on the cats via a video feed on his iPad. Though he's happy when they find new homes, it can be a little sad to say goodbye. Recently, some kittens he'd gotten attached to were adopted. "It was bittersweet," he says, "because I had been bonding with them day and night for three days."

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