St. Louis’ only cat retirement home – Clowder House – is teaming up with The Cat Network, to better serve the needs of the St. Louis community and its feline population. This new entity will be able to expand their outreach and impact on the area’s feline population
The Clowder House Foundation, located in a former Falstaff Brewery building at 3134 Wyoming in Benton Park West, began as a long term care facility for elderly and infirm cats as well as other “retired” pets whose owners could no longer care for them. (Clowder is the collective term for a group of cats.) However the sheer number of abandoned, feral and otherwise homeless cats and kittens in St. Louis soon began to overwhelm the group with healthy, young, and adoptable felines in need of loving families.
The Cat Network, another all volunteer organization, also has been rescuing and adopting out cats in St. Louis for over 20 years through a foster network, while working towards obtaining a permanent, physical location someday. This new collaboration combines the two organizations’ individual strengths to further their joint mission. Both groups will continue to operate as separate entities, but will now support and complement each other. Cat Network will provide additional rescue and adoption services for Clowder House, and Clowder House will support Cat Network by providing lifetime care to their disrupted feline adoptions (that is, adoptions that have unexpectedly ended.)
The offices of Cat Network will be moving into a soon-to-be renovated property adjacent to Clowder House and will be open to the public initially for special adoption events with the goal of maintaining regular hours for prospective owners to visit with adoptable cats and kittens. A gift shop featuring items for both cats and cat-lovers will be added as well to generate funds for the ongoing missions of Cat Network and Clowder House Foundation. In addition, both organizations will be joining forces to create an on-site veterinary clinic to serve not only the cats from both organizations but also to fill a need for a clinic in the area. The facility will also feature a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Donations of time, funds, and wish-list items are always needed and much appreciated. Interested parties can visit Clowder House or The Cat Network , call 314-776-PURR or email for information on how to contribute.