Jessica Whitehouse, Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, South Lake Chamber of Commerce President David Colby, Sandy Cagan and Jeffrey Cagan

On Friday, November 10, a Paw-ty was held to celebrate the Orlando Cat Café’s 1-year anniversary and 121+ Adoption Paw-ty.

The Paw-ty had been scheduled for September 8 but postponed due to Hurricane Irma.   The overdue celebration didn’t dampen the liveliness of the frisky kitties and actually raised the adoption total to a current 131+.

Feline residents welcomed their human friends as they arrived at the Café. Paw-ty goers ate cake and had the paw-sibility of winning raffles, prizes, and meeting a fur-ever friend.

Sandy Cagan and Jessica Whitehouse

Many cats have Catitude but not these paw-some felines. The furry residents of The Orlando Cat Café gave the event Paw-sitive reviews. One of the resident cats described the event as “The CATS MEOW”, another said it was “Claw-some”.

If you haven’t heard of the Orlando Cat Café, here is a little Hiss-tory.

“It took 22 months before the vision became a reality”, says Sandy. She notes that Sean Parks, Lake County Commissioner, played a key part in bringing the concept to life.  He gave her the contacts which ultimately brought the Orlando Cat Café to Cagan Crossings, 532 Cagan Park Ave, Clermont. The Animal League and Axum business owner, Renaut van der Riet, an advocate in helping those in need, locally, nationally and internationally, joined forces.

The Orlando Cat Café is the first of its kind so many people may not be familiar with how it works. Entering through the Axum Café, you can purchase your choice of coffee or specialty drink as well as a selection of menu items. Only food purchased in the café may be brought into the cat play area, but, you cannot feed the cats.

You have the option of remaining in the café-side and look through the viewing window at the cats or entering the cat play/adoption area for an admission fee which is good for a 1-hour meet and greet with the cats. There are designated days and hours for children ages 12 and under to meet with the cats, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.  All other times are for adults only.

The Orlando Cat Café holds special events throughout the year.  During the spring and summer months, unaltered female cats give birth flooding shelters with hundreds of kittens. The café was able to provide assistance to the Animal League, by hosting a Kitten Shower Adoption Purr-ty showcasing adoptable kittens from The Animal League.

Most recently, 15 kitties at the Orlando Cat Café participated in the first wedding vow renewal to take place at the fur-friendly establishment. After reading about The Orlando Cat Cafe on social media, a couple traveled from Kentucky to renew their vows at the cafe. See CafeWedding

Concatulations to Sandy Cagan and her furry feline friends as they celebrate their 1-year anniversary and 121+ Adoptions.