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Animal nonprofit in danger of closing, founder asks for public's help

Lucky Cat Café & Lounge helps cats find their "furever" homes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A nonprofit cat café in Kentucky is in danger of closing its doors.

According to a Facebook post, Lucky Cat Café & Lounge is in danger of closing in less than six months.

The cat café's mission is to help "reduce overcrowding in local shelters by providing a peaceful, temporary home for cats until they are adopted" and they have helped more than 600 cats as a result.

" This is what we do – the last stop for mostly adult, special needs, and disabled cats," the post reads in reference to one of the cats they helped, Anna.

Founder and Executive Director Karla Spencer said due to the rise of inflation, paying for expenses has been difficult.

Although the shelter gets cat food donations, Spencer said it's not enough to cover the bills. She said there are other expenses like payroll and accounting, and liability insurance that they have to carry.

Since revenue was not adding up she gathered her staff and told them she would have to close the business. It was a decision that she didn't want to make but her staff helped her navigate another option.

"Their amazing response was like 'no you can't we need you, we need Lucky Cat to be here to help us do our mission,'" she said.

They suggested Spencer ask the community for help so she went to Facebook, a post she said was hard to make.

She asked for any donations to be made through Paypal or mailed to their building at 2230 Dundee Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205.

Or, simply stop by for a visit.

"There is something very calming about sipping a cup of tea while petting a friendly feline," Spencer said.

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