Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe, which aims to find adoptive families for rescue cats, has recently opened its doors in Boulder and last week saw its first two successful adoptions since opening earlier this month.
In 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 an excellent idea and I wanted to help rescue cats in some way,” Talaro said. “It’s gone really well so far, it’s been about a year and a half in the making.”
At the cafe, 5290 Arapahoe Ave., more than a dozen kittens climb on wooden toys and tumble off of couches and chairs onto a felt pond. The space is entirely cageless in order to allow bosses to play with the cats, and is filled with cat toys and a cat-themed, interactive mural, painted by local artist Hilari Rose, on which the cats can climb.
From 10 am to 7 pm everyday except Tuesday, patrons can pay per hour to play with cats and can also purchase 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 populations of strays, such as Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The cats brought to Purrfect Pause last week were rescued from Illinois.
“Pet overpopulation is a real issue not only in Colorado but in surrounding states as well,” Front Range Freedom Rescue cofounder Carol Kuzdek said. “When we were asked if we wanted to partner and have our rescues there available for adoption, of course we were like heck yeah. It’s a great way to get more exposure for our kitties.”
Talaro said that the cafe’s work with Front Range Freedom Rescue has made the cafe’s opening possible.
“I reached out to every cat rescue and shelter that I could,” Talaro said. “The problem was that not enough people 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 that rescues need to be ready for adoption. The cats have already spent time with foster families, which Talaro said helps in providing information to potential adopters.
“All of our cats are already very well socialized,” Talaro said. “They come from families who have an idea of their personalities.”
The cafe’s first cat adoptions — Serena and Skully — took place 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 really look forward to adopting out more cats this way,” Kuzdek said.