September 27, 2020
Dear Cat Lovers,Happy New Year! L’Shana tovah! (It’s a Jewish thing). I know, I know…..I’ve missed a few months’ worth of newsletters. I wrote them but things just seemed so chaotic lately, what with the storms and cat illnesses and so on. I was revisiting the viability of the Cat Club, which I do frequently, especially lately, so was very preoccupied. Amazingly, even though we haven’t been keeping up with our on-line presence, we’re still getting calls for appointments, both to just hang out and to adopt. Most of these folks are coming for the first time, which is so amazing to me. They heard about us a year ago or more, and finally make it here. Or they look for Cat Cafes or Cat Adoption on line, see us, and hurry on over. This, combined with the continuing community support, including generous donations from several patrons, has brightened my outlook a great deal. And of course, it is the beginning of a new year, which might explain the lightening of the mood around here. Of course we love running The Cat Club, but the day to day struggles are daunting. I’ve dived back in, though, and we have a lot of things on the horizon. And we’ve rented my apartment short-term for a few days in November; we’ll see how that works out. Shove over, cats!If you would like to plug in and help us move forward, we would welcome you. Right now we need a webmaster, someone who could commit to helping us for a year. The site is built but we need to tweak it and keep it fresh. Technology is not one of my best skills, to put it kindly.Unfortunately, Ashley has left us. We would like to publicly thank her for all the support she has given us over the years, and helping us make The Cat Club great. She was an enthusiastic partner in the building of The Cat Club, and we miss her tremendously. She joined us before the CCCC even opened, and set up all of our social media links and published all the previous newsletters. She excelled at customer relations and often engaged visitors in discussions about Game of Thrones, astrology, make-up, acting, the spirit world, and, of course, cats. She especially enjoyed socializing the kitties and they all loved her. Thank you, Ashley, and good luck in the future. God speed!Update: Ashley is back! Yay! I left in my little tribute to her, though, so everyone knows what an asset she has been to us…including her. So….we’ve hit upon a few ideas to push us forward and get us out there: The first one is a loyalty program, which I’m going to initiate right here, right now. For anyone who can bring a copy of this newsletter (on their phone, I suppose), we are offering 2-for-1 admission, until the end of the year. So ALL your friends can come with you when you visit.Another thing we’re pretty sure we’re going to pursue is our own YouTube channel. Muriel and Lisa, the new tenant in the rear cottage, and I were in the courtyard last evening and, as always, I was filled with awe watching the kittens and cats playing, running, chasing each other, jumping tall buildings….you get the picture. We get to see this every day, and we want to share this with everyone. We’re going to put up about 10, high-rez, motion-activated cameras throughout the club so that anyone can watch them 24/7. Next, I just read about a new dating site called Tabby, started by the same women who started Dig, the dating site for dog lovers. You can imagine, then, what Tabby is about. This woman, Leigh D’Angelo, the founder of Dig and Tabby, lives here in the NOLA area. Dig sent her and her sister, the co-founder, into the dating-site stratosphere, and I imagine Tabby, which launched August 8, will do just as well. If anyone in NOLA signs up for Tabby, we would be honored to comp. you your first date with one of your matches! Don’t you think that would be a purrfect first date for 2 cat lovers?!We’re also thinking about offering some cat related merch on line, but here again, if someone out there would like to help us with that, it would be appreciated. A little experience goes a long way.And finally, our next event will be a Halloween Road Rally, to be held during the day on October 31. Entrants will start at The Cat Club; the entrance fee will be $12 and will include a visit into The Cat Club, either before starting the course or after. Different teams will be given different first clues, so you won’t be moving in a herd. There will be 3 catagories: car, bike and walking, so that oranges will be compared to oranges to rank the winners, based on correct answers to puzzles on the route and the order you get back. Once you get to the first location you will find another clue, and so on and so on. The race will start at noon and finish when you finish. If you would like to help plan or execute this, please be in touch.Now, for the cats. We currently have our perineal favorites: Tirzah, Daisy and Journey, although Daisy’s foster family from April is scheduled to return in November, and we hope they still want to give her a furrever home. Then we have Nova, our wonderful mom-cat, and her 4 tiny kittens (2 gingers and 2 grey tabbies: Nigel, Naima, Noah and Nadya) who are all up for adoption. If you want to adopt one or more of the kittens, you can choose them now, and then we’ll call you in about a month, when they’re ready to go. They are SO CUTE!Speaking of cuteness: 2 more adorbs in the kitten category are Colin and Cody; they are about 2 months old and ready to go. They are white and butterscotch in color, and have already been neutered, so they’re ready to go. If you’d like to adopt a pair of kittens, look no further. And remember….we have a price break on 2 kitties ($150 for 2). We will want one family to take them both; they are very bonded. We also have Catya, who is a 6-month-old calico, and very playful. She REALLY likes attention and affection. Rounding out the group is Lana, a beautiful tuxedo female, about 1 year old. She’s a little shy, but she will make a great companion once she gets to your house. Then there’s Ariel, a beige Siamese who is very beautiful and very shy. This is definitely her ideal environment. Will someone rescue her? And finally we have Vida and Violet, who came to The Cat Club together, but don’t need to be adopted together. I’m pretty sure they would each like their OWN home, and their OWN humans. They are shy, but, again, once they get used to you, there’s no problem.Adopted lately are: OG, Golda and Gabby, Bjork (original Bjorn….turned out she was a girl! Brooke and Bo, Caleb and Basel. Freeda, Bali, Charlie and Onyx all came and were adopted before anyone else noticed. That’s it for this edition. We’d like to remind you when you’re casting about for something to do, especially if there are kids involved, to think about a visit to The Crescent City Cat Club. With the bars and music shut down, there’s a dearth of fun things to do in the city, and we are nothing if not fun! We are now open by appointment 7 days per week, from noon to 6 PM, and for drop-ins on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6. If you do make an appointment that you find that you cannot keep, PLEASE call to let us know. Everyone must wear a mask to enter, and we’re letting in a maximum of 10 visitors at a time, so it’s easy to social-distance. We’re entering the last lap as far as hurricane season goes. I’m sure we’ll all be happy to see this one end. Endings and beginnings, beginnings and endings…..that’s really all there is, right? Be well. Get lots of sleep and pet your furry friends. It’s the best kind of therapy there is.-EshyahPS JUST received a new mama and her 4 kittens, all orange. This year it’s orange cats; last year it was tuxedos and the 2 years before, black cats. I don’t know why, but each year there seem to be a predominance of one color or another. Just an observation, which has been confirmed by folks from other rescues. PPS We have become aware of 2 declawed kitties, 8 months old, that have had ALL their claws removed. If you are interested in adopting one or both, please let us know. They are both black. PPPS Don’t forget to VOTE! Early voting starts October 16!