The animal rescue service Something Pawsitive is open for business.
The not-for-profit partnership between Ozzie’s Legacy and Something Sweet (next door at 221 S. Pruett St.) features a lounge for those who wish to relax in the company of adoptable felines.
“The cats are all vetted,” said Tracy Mothershed, owner of both facilities. “They have all their shots, they have been spayed or neutered and they are ready to go.”
Nikki Parrish, director of Ozzie’s Legacy with which Something Sweet has partnered, said the adoption fee is $85 per cat or kitten, which helps cover the vetting.
Something Pawsitive operates from a $10 per hour fee for patrons to spend time with the cats and kittens. The time purchased helps pay the rent and cover utilities so the cats and kittens have a place to stay. In addition, the facility accepts donations of food, cat litter, toys and money, to help provide the care they need while awaiting adoption.
As soon as a cat is adopted, Ozzie’s Legacy brings another one in. Information from Something Pawsitive indicated four of the cats were adopted on opening day, Feb. 9.
Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Procedure to use Something Pawsitive, according to the facility’s Facebook page, is as follows:
Come to Something Sweet (right next door at 221 S. Pruett) first upon arrival to pay the $10 fee.
Patrons can purchase drinks at Something Sweet and/or snacks to take with them into the lounge area.
Space permitting in the cat area, patrons may enter immediately. If at maximum capacity, patrons will be asked to wait in the seating area inside Something Sweet pending space availability.
Usually, reservations are not required to mingle with the cats. There are a limited number of reservations during hours to accommodate those who need to be able to get in at a specific time. Such reservations must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and paid for at the time of booking. Without a reservation, patrons may have to wait to interact with the cats.
One of the cats, Phoenix, is not available for adoption.
“He’s our mascot,” said Mary Walcott of Something Pawsitive. She and Parrish explained that Phoenix was found at age five weeks, with serious eye problems that eventually necessitated their removal, leaving him blind.
“So he’s staying,” Walcott said.
“We just became attached to him,” added Parrish.