Boulder’s new Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe hopes to find homes for rescue cats

Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe, which aims to find adoptive families for rescue cats, recently opened in Boulder and last week saw its first two successful adoptions since opening earlier this month.

When opening Purrfect Pause, Aleks Talaro was inspired by cat cafes in the Denver area and other states and wanted to bring the same community to Boulder.

“I thought it was a great idea and wanted to help save the cats in some way,” Talaro said. “It’s been going very well so far, it’s been about a year and a half of preparation.”

At the cafe, 5290 Arapahoe Ave., more than a dozen kittens clamber over wooden toys and tumble from couches and chairs into a felt pond. The space is completely cage-free to allow guests to play with the cats, and is filled with cat toys and an interactive cat-themed mural, painted by local artist Hilari Rose, on which cats can climb.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Tuesday, customers can pay by the hour to play with the cats and can also buy coffee and tea. The cafe also hosts scheduled cat-themed events, such as yoga and movie nights.

Cats available for adoption at Purrfect Pause come from Front Range Freedom Rescue, which finds foster families and adoptions for cats from states with high stray cat populations, such as Texas, Arizona, and New York. Mexico. The cats brought to Purrfect Pause last week were rescued from Illinois.

“Pet overpopulation is a real problem not just in Colorado, but in surrounding states as well,” said Carol Kuzdek, co-founder of Front Range Freedom Rescue. “When we were asked if we wanted to partner up and have our rescues available for adoption, of course, we were like heck yeah. It’s a great way to get more visibility for our kittens.

Talaro said the cafe’s work with Front Range Freedom Rescue made it possible for the cafe to open.

“I reached out to every shelter and cat sanctuary I could,” Talaro said. “The problem was that there weren’t enough people who had enough cats to help us, until I contacted Front Range Freedom Rescue.”

Purrfect Pause has partnered with Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital to provide the care rescues need to be ready for adoption. The cats have already spent time with foster families, which Talaro says helps provide information to potential adopters.

“All of our cats are already very well socialized,” Talaro said. “They come from families that have an idea of ​​their personality.”

The café’s first cat adoptions — Serena and Skully — were on Friday and Saturday. Now the cafe has 14 cats available for adoption, and Kuzdek hopes to continue bringing Front Range Freedom Rescue cats to the cafe.

“It’s a great partnership and we’re really looking forward to adopting more cats this way,” Kuzdek said.

Funny Face, a cat named after a 1927 musical composed by George Gershwin starring Audrey Hepburn, sits on a deck overlooking the Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe in Boulder Monday, May 23, 2022. All cats are available for adoption. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)

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