Thanks to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, July 18th at 11 am for our official Groundbreaking–er, Groundscooping–for the new building, Planet Happy Cat! Check out our photos, below, with Manitou Springs Mayor Nicole Nicoletta, Leslie Lewis & Farley McDonough of the Manitou Chamber of Commerce and Natalie Johnson of the Manitou Springs Creative District Director with our Happy Cats Board to help celebrate!
Our new building is at 327 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs (just 2 blocks west of the first Manitou exit) with plenty of parking in our lot and on the street.
We have already prepared the foundation and dismantled the interior by sorting, salvaging and recycling materials for a very green start. We have been approved for electrical and plumbing and Our engineer has signed off on the last amendments to the plans, so the next step is overall approval from Colorado Springs Regional Building Department.
You can see the new building will turn an ugly duckling into many Happy Cats, beautifying the area while integrating into the community. Planet Happy Cat will eventually double the number of homeless cats we can save, as well as expand our medical facilities and retail support. Sunny and spacious colony rooms will have their own outside catios, with dedicated rooms for kittens, seniors and singles. Two attached apartments will sustain the building into the future by stabilizing our rent, with a beautiful Purrflection Garden to offer refuge for our community as well as our staff and volunteers.
There are many opportunities to help us make this a reality, from naming major wings and rooms to sponsoring colonies or catios to memorializing your loved one with a plaque or planting in the garden or gifting your favorite cat lover with a commemorative Happy Whiskers Bowl.
Our goal is $375,000 and we have already raised $140,000 toward that, so you can rest assured that every donation will help make this dream a reality. Please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura at email@example.com or call 719-440-7252 if you would like to be an early bird supporter..or click below to make an immediate donation!
The volunteers, cats & kittens thank you!