For thirteen years PAWS Cat City made its home in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, but growing pains have forced PAWS to say goodbye. "We love the Greenwood neighborhood and all the wonderful people. We looked all over that neighborhood for a new location, but just couldn't fi nd the right space," says PAWS Companion Animal Services director Kay Joubert. "The location we found has everything we need." That new space turned out to be a former tango studio in the University district, at NE 52nd and Roosevelt Way NE. The space was perfect: it had lots of windows, great natural light and nearly twice the floor space.
Construction at PAWS Cat City was quick, and surprisingly snag-free. By January, the paint and finishing touches were completed and a small army of volunteers and staff went to work. They helped move boxes, assemble furniture, unpack, and hang everything from retail displays to hand sanitizer dispensers.
On January 9, foster families arrived in SUV's, sedans, even pickup trucks. Loaded with cat carriers, blankets and food bowls, volunteers delivered their precious cargo: the new residents of PAWS Cat City. Four days later, on Thursday, January 13, the new PAWS Cat City declared its "grand opening" to the public. Visitors and adopters quickly followed, with a record 17 cat and kitten adoptions on Saturday January 15, and seven more on Sunday!
The new PAWS Cat City would never have become a reality, without help from PAWS supporters and board members. Volunteers including architect Karen Smith, interior designer Sandie Pope and lighting consultant Shannon Kowski, helped PAWS design the new space and secure the necessary permits.
Beneath a beautiful new sign that glows like a sunset, PAWS Cat City is a beautiful example of what volunteers, donors, and staff can create when they have a singular goal: helping animals. Today, cats curiously greet the neighbors through huge storefront windows, visitors enjoy a space that's bright and airy, volunteers work with the staff in a comfortable setting, and the neighborhood has a new attraction it can be proud of.
If you're in the University District, stop by and say hello. Play with a few kittens. Pick up the newest cat-toy in our retail section. Give yourself a fifteen minute break from the world, and put on a smile.
(PAWS Cat city is located at 5200 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite B in the University District)
Above: Several of PAWS Cat City residents make themselves at home in their new digs. Rather than living in cages, Cat City's cats "check in" to open, sunny rooms.