New community cat facility will be something to purr about

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Pawswatch, Scruffy Paws and the Grieco Automotive Group have teamed up to create a state of the art cat facility called the Community Cat Care Center, coming soon to Johnston.

The new facility will house adoptable kittens as well as adult cats, a retail space for all things cats and a kitty cafe where you'll be able to make appointments to spend time with adoptable cats in search of loving forever homes.

Construction at the site is ongoing, and the space is over 5,000 square feet with every inch being utilized and methodically planned out. During our tour of the facility, Dianne Lapointe of Pawswatch explained the layout and the detailed plans that have been developed to care for the many stray and unwanted cats throughout R.I.

Lapointe has been trapping free-roaming cats for 20 years with Pawswatch, and during that time she met Mike Grieco, Jr. of the Grieco Automotive Group

Dianne Lapointe along with Grieco and Stephanie Pinto, the Director of Scruffy Paws, have dreamed about teaming up for quite sometime to build a unique "one-of-a-kind" shelter in which our community cats will receive the best of medical attention/TNR, social interaction and the opportunity to get adopted.

“Now we have a chance with ‘CCCC’ to make a difference in the free-roaming cat community,” Lapointe said. She went on to say

“Hopefully eliminating the overpopulation and saving one poor soul at a time.”

Grieco's building at 39 Putnam Pike in Johnston is the new home of CCCC. After intense fundraising to get the project off the ground, the groups were able to raise a combined $30,000 to retrofit the space, which now has the purr-fect flow. 

Upon entering the glass foyer, the "Pat-A-Cat" Cafe will be the first thing you see, which is also the first of its kind for shelter cats in R.I. You will also be welcomed by retail space for your shopping pleasure, where you can purchase cat-related items for your furry friends. There is a large area in the rear that will house the cats and plans for future medical space as well. They are hoping to even incorporate a yellow brick road as part of their decor. 

The first viewing of the center is planned for May 8, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during a wine tasting, which will also serve as a fundraiser to help with the ongoing construction costs. Tickets are $25 and currently available at Pawswatch.org. As you would expect with a project this big, they are still in need of monetary donations, volunteers and supplies. If you would like more information on how to get involved, please visit the Community Cat Care Center on Facebook. For information about current adoptable cats with Pawswatch or Scruffy Paws, please visit either group on Facebook. 

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