A purr-fect time was had by all at the grand opening of the San Francisco Animal Care and Control Cat Adoption Center at Pet Food Express on Market Street (1975 Market Street at Duboce, 415-431-4567, www.petfoodexpress.com), where the city’s animal shelter will now feature some of their adoptable felines. The generous folks at Pet Food Express donated $50,000, took out product space at the front of the store, and did a major remodel to accommodate the ACC adoption center. They also spent months looking at designs for the kitty condos to make sure they were just right. The final design is functional and cozy so the cats are relaxed and comfortable (the best way to show themselves off to purr-spective new parents). Each condo is really more of a duplex, with closeable portholes so kitties can go from one wing to the next to visit their friends, and perches at several levels for playing, sleeping and preening. The fronts feature glass (which cuts down on noise and also keeps fingers from poking inside) and there’s a “get-to-know-you” room where potential adopters can meet and greet the cats and kittens they are considering.
Pet Food Express also built an event room where other rescues (from dogs to bunnies to birds) can hold adoption fairs. For the grand opening, the wonderful Muttville, which specializes in the rescue of senior dogs, had some of their available dogs on hand (they may be seniors, but these adorable pups still have plenty of life and love to give in their golden years). Even Mayor Ed Lee showed up to check out the new center and to meet Eddie – a feisty tabby kitten named after the mayor himself.