I realize this is a dog blog, but I think it’s time to show the cats of STL a little love. My favorite cat rescue here is Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center. Animal House does some serious volume in the rescue world, but they just don’t get a whole lot of love. I mean, typical for cats, right? Dog people tend to hog the limelight and we shouldn’t forget that cats are people, too.
I first met Animal House Executive Director, Brandyn Jones in 2012 when I was starting my pet sitting company. Brandyn is a fellow Dead Head, so I knew we’d get along just fine. I digress.
Animal House is a no-kill shelter that houses 200-275 cats at any given time and adopts 200+ cats annually. What sets them apart is that they are bosses at matchmaking. The staff know their cats very well and when people apply to adopt a cat, they go through an extensive matchmaking process, so they find the perfect fit for people and cats. I asked Brandyn, “So, like, just how good is your adoption rate?”
Brandyn boasts a 1% return rate, which is pretty impressive. It’s important to Animal House that they ensure a forever home for their adopted animals, so if life happens and the adoption doesn’t work out, adopters understand that they can return the cat without judgment. There really needs to be less judgment and more compassion for people in the rescue world.
Animal House is an excellent resource for cat owners. “We also respond to thousands of inquiries about all things cat, doing our best to help as many cats as possible remain in loving homes,” Brandyn says.
Cat Clips: A Competition in Cuteness
On Wednesday, April 4, Animal House is partnering with Cinema St. Louis to host Cat Clips: A Competition in Cuteness at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in The Grove. I’m kind of obsessed with this event because the ever adorable Julie Tristan is emceeing, which is always a treat. Also, local boss lady and Senior Legislative Attorney at Best Friends Animal Society, Ledy VanKavage and her husband, Cliff Froelich, will be judging the cat clips. Cliff also happens to be the Executive Director of Cinema St. Louis, so if you love full circle situations like I do (re: event partnership) this is super exciting! KMOV Meteorologist and animal lover, Meghan Danahey and Gillian Kuplent, Co-Owner of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Animal House board member are rounding out the fabulous judging panel!
The beauty of this competition is that anyone with amateur cat videos can enter with a $10 donation. Just click here to enter the competition. The deadline to submit is March 16. I know you’ve all got videos of your cats on your phones, so go online and submit those videos, already! The winner will be awarded a $250 cash prize and second and third place winners will be awarded some sweet cat baskets.
Cat Clips is a movie premier of sorts, where there will be a step-and-repeat banner for paparazzi-style photos, popcorn and candy for viewers, Urban Chestnut is offering half off Zwickel (love me some Zwickel!) and there will be a table for raffle items. Tickets will be available soon!
They’re also looking for event sponsors ranging from $100 to $2500. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. All funds raised go to Animal House’s Help Me Heal Fund.