Paws Cafe in Mardol, Shrewsbury, might be ready till Could 17 not less than earlier than it may possibly reopen, and with costly payments to pay to take care of the 12 moggies, regulars have put their arms of their pockets to assist. An everyday “loopy cat woman” arrange the web page to assist increase money for the cats.
Katie Fields, who runs the cafe with associate James Radnor, is grateful for the assistance, however feels there ought to be extra assist obtainable from authorities, particularly once they should reopen at decreased capability and can have the identical payments however a fraction of the standard earnings.
“It is exhausting for us, however everybody’s struggling in their very own approach,” she mentioned. “We do not wish to ask for hand outs, however we’re not like a variety of different companies which may simply shut the door. We have to feed the cats, pay for grooming and take care of them. They want new toys and we’ve got to vary the surroundings to maintain them stimulated and cease them from losing interest and depressed. That is extra of an issue as a result of they don’t seem to be getting the stimulation of seeing our clients.
“We’re working in the direction of Could 17. It will be troublesome with the rule of six. It’s important to test to verify individuals are solely coming from two completely different households, then if they do not you might lose that reserving. You aren’t getting the federal government help, so for us we’ll nonetheless have 100 per cent of our payments however possibly solely 30 per cent of our traditional earnings.”
Not like some cafes, takeaway hasn’t actually been a possible choice for Paws Cafe, which is all concerning the cats and the chilled out environment. Katie defined: “The cats are the primary attraction. The cafe has a soothing surroundings. It may be good for folks with social anxiousness.
She added: “We have constructed up a extremely sturdy group and a variety of our clients have turn out to be buddies. We had a extremely good begin once we launched and that has stood us in good stead to take care of the final 12 months. We have tried to do issues like run an internet store, which did rather well at first. However even the craziest cat woman solely wants a lot stuff.”
Final week the cafe raised £500 to help Graham Garmston, aka Farmer Bob, who might lose his dwelling of 57 years in Myddle and should have to rehome his 30 feral cats. And Katie appreciates the help Paws has had from kind-hearted cat aficionados to date.