Q. How many cats will be available to interact with?
A. We usually have up to 15 adult cats in the lounge. Our space is very limited and keeping the cats happy and healthy is our top priority. The cats are separated into two separate lounge areas. One side is fostered for the Richmond SPCA. The other side is for Central Purrk’s independent rescue kitties.
Q. How much is admission?
A. Admission pays the cats’ rent, keeps the lights on, and buys them food, toys, and furniture to keep the lounge area comfortable. We offer a 30 minute session for $6 per person, or you can stay the entire hour for $10 per person. We do have private events so we recommend a reservation to ensure the cats are accepting company!
Q. How many people will be in the lounge at once?
A. We limit the number of humans to 15 to 18 per hour to ensure a good time will be had by all. Cats can become overstimulated with too much excitement and their well-being is our greatest concern. Cats also sleep a lot so we want to make sure the cat-to-people ratio isn’t disappointing for guests.
Q. Why is there an admission fee to the cat lounge and what does it cover?
A. Admission is charged for your time in the lounge to cover the overhead of keeping the doors open and the cats happy. We have to limit the number of people entering because our space is small and we must maintain a calm environment for the benefit of resident cats.
Q. Can I bring my own cat?
A. No. All resident kitties are fully vetted and available for adoption. We ensure all cats have passed their wellness exam, are spayed/neutered, combo tested neg/neg for FIV/FeLV, and are up to date on all shots, flea preventative, and deworming medicine.
Q. Why is there an age requirement to visit the cats?
A. Our cats’ welfare is our top priority. We’re limiting the chance of them being overstimulated by constant excitement. Young children have a lot of energy and sometimes cats don’t appreciate their loving gestures. We realize being exposed to so many strangers increases the risk of an unpleasant incident, and we appreciate the risk of injury is serious, so please understand a liability waiver is required for every guest.
We’re accepting children 7 and older with a parent/guardian and no more than two children per adult during regular business hours. If a child you bring is aggressive or excessively excited, you may be asked to leave for the well-being of the cats and other guests. Children are not allowed to pick up any cats and may only pet and play with cats in a respectful manner.
If you want to schedule a private party for children of mixed ages, please email us to make arrangements and we will have extra staff and volunteers to help manage the interaction.
Q. Can I adopt a cat I meet at Central Purrk?
A. With an approved application, yes! Central Purrk is a foster placement for rescued cats looking for their forever home. Our adoption fee is $125 per cat.
We also foster cats for the SPCA, for applying for these cats please see the Richmond SPCA’s website or fill out a questionnaire here at Central Purrk. Their adoption fee is $95.
Q. Can I bring my own snacks or beverages?
A. We discourage food unless it’s a private event. The cats beg. People get swarmed for crumbs. It’s just not a good idea. A drink is included in admission and we offer drip coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa, soft drinks, and bottled water.
Q. Can I bring snacks for the cats?
A. No. Central Purrk will provide approved snacks for the cats to enjoy. We have to monitor their diet closely, so a limited number will be available upon request.
Q. Can I book Central Purrk for a private event?
A. Absolutely! We will help you party plan an exceptional event, but it must be for a small crowd under 35 people. Send us an email with basic details and we will provide a quote.
Q. Can I volunteer as a helper in the cat lounge?
A. Have fun for a good cause! We encourage everybody to be involved in their community and do have volunteer opportunities. Getting these precious cats adopted is our core mission and it does take time and effort to accomplish this goal. We have many levels of participation, from monitoring the cat lounge and updating social media, to writing bios and capturing our cats on film showing off their best personalities.
If you would like to become a foster for cats or kittens, we welcome your application. Some kitties need extra time and attention before they’re ready to be shown in public. The rescue provides all the training, supplies (such as food and litter), and pays for all the medical care associated with the rescue. All you need to provide is a safe place and as much love and attention as you can spare.
If you’re interested, fill out a volunteer application here.