The Good, the Bad and the Adorable

Message from the Founding Cat Lady

"Those that have been following us know that we have had our fair share of obstacles at El Gato. The cats constantly remind us to greet each day with a new sense of curiosity and endurance. When only half of the business was ready to open, we opened the cat cottage adoption center providing coffee to our guests along with vending packaged and bottled food and beverages. When the Health Department threw us obstacles, we looked to a neighboring café for temporary café accommodations. When we realized that we trusted the wrong people to carry out our original vision of a café, we simplified the vision and are working on building a food truck. When Harvey came through leaving its mark on Houston we buckle down and do what is necessary to continue.

So what does this mean for El Gato today? It simply means that you may see a little less of me in the day-to-day operations, as I'm working again with my previous employer to ensure that El Gato will be here for a very long time despite the roadblocks that life provides. We have a great team in place and I'm confident that new managers, Crystalynn and Cesar, will take great care of you guys and our resident gatos. The Health Department has also approved our variance to allow us to sell coffee, and other beverages and snacks until our food truck is ready. No date yet on food truck, but we should be offering you espresso by the end of the year. We will be slightly reducing our weekday hours until we get our food truck and / or we see a rebound in business.

We have learned agility and persistence from the cats, as nothing is going to stop our mission of finding homes for our gatos and providing cat therapy to our guests. I am so grateful for each of our customers that keeps coming back to visit with our gatos and provides support."

- Renee Reed

The Good

After Harvey, we created an adoption challenge to quickly find homes for our current residents with the mission of making room for cats displaced by Hurricane Harvey. We doubled our record with 12 adoptions in the week and 7 adoptions in the first day alone!

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We also have more exciting news...National Coffee Day is on September 29th, and Channel 13 will be celebrating at El Gato! Additionally, Visit Houston Texas will be spotlighting us for National Cat Day on October 29th. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us and keep following us for updates!

Extended: Use promo code HOPE for 25% off cover on weekdays through the end of September!

The Bad

Business has not rebounded post-Harvey and, as such, we are having to reduce our weekday hours and the number of events offered. This is just temporary until our city recovers. We expect to expand hours with the launch of our cafe food truck. See new hours below and revised September calendar of events on the Events page of our website. Note: arts and craft classes are subject to cancellation if minimum advance booking levels are not met. If you've been wanting to attend a class, please enroll in one of the two options offered this Sunday or next to ensure that we continue to offer these really fun classes.

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The Adorable

We have many new faces due to the recent adoptions. Stop by and meet our residents, old and new. Our gatos range from super sweet seniors to friendly, playful kittens and everything in between!

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BYOB between 4 - 7 PM. You bring the beer or wine, we provide the cats. Must be 21 or over. Limit one alcoholic drink per person per hour. If you'd like to consume a second beverage, please book the 4 or 5 pm slot and you may purchase an additional hour for $5 based on availability (inquire upon check-in). We will check IDs and hold your excess beverages at check-in. 

BYOB between 4 - 7 PM. You bring the beer or wine, we provide the cats. Must be 21 or over. Limit one alcoholic drink per person per hour. If you'd like to consume a second beverage, please book the 4 or 5 pm slot and you may purchase an additional hour for $5 based on availability (inquire upon check-in). We will check IDs and hold your excess beverages at check-in. 

FEATURED CAT: BUDDY We're spotlighting a very special 3 year old cat named Buddy. Buddy is a shy guy. You probably haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting him for this reason.  His shyness also landed him with special privileges during Hurricane Harvey, as he stayed in the comfort of our founder's home instead of returning to the Houston Humane Society with the other gatos. The extra one-on-one love and socialization helped Buddy make a lot of progress and he was the purrfect companion during the storm. He was even great with her 4 cats AND dog! Stop by if you're interested in meeting or adopting Buddy. He still hides from our guests most of the time, but he is starting to make more short visits into the cat lounge.  Click here to see all of our current residents.

FEATURED CAT: BUDDY

We're spotlighting a very special 3 year old cat named Buddy. Buddy is a shy guy. You probably haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting him for this reason.  His shyness also landed him with special privileges during Hurricane Harvey, as he stayed in the comfort of our founder's home instead of returning to the Houston Humane Society with the other gatos. The extra one-on-one love and socialization helped Buddy make a lot of progress and he was the purrfect companion during the storm. He was even great with her 4 cats AND dog! Stop by if you're interested in meeting or adopting Buddy. He still hides from our guests most of the time, but he is starting to make more short visits into the cat lounge. 

Click here to see all of our current residents.

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