When Elain Harvey founded House of Mews more than 20 years ago, she started with a few rescued cats from the old Goodwin Greenhouse in Germantown. Since then, her brainchild has become a well-loved landmark in Cooper-Young and has placed more than 9,000 cats in homes.
Asked about the neighborhood’s appeal, Harvey mentions several factors: “Lots of walk-by and drive-through traffic; unique, quirky shops and restaurants; and its melting pot of cultures.” It has made a nice home for House of Mews, with many passersby (and potential adoptees) seeing the kitties through the front window.
Visiting the sanctuary at 933 South Cooper (its second location in C-Y), you’ll see felines of every stripe — about 100 at a time — some snoozing in cages, others patrolling the floor and rubbing around your legs. Others romp with playmates, perch on the catwalk, bask in the sun, or happily mingle with humans. The store, with its appealing artwork and lounging areas, also sells cat food, toys, and other products.
The nonprofit facility is run totally by volunteers who come from many walks of life: attorneys and teachers, police officers and TV personalities, retirees and students. They mop floors, clean cages, feed the cats, and look for signs of illness. They also participate in fundraisers, including the annual 5K Meowathon Run/Walk. Veterinarians either donate their time or offer a reduced rate.
If you’re looking for a purring companion, a good cause, or a unique place to visit, House of Mews awaits you. Be sure to call, email, or check the website for hours of operation.