Memphis Defined by Cats: House of Mews and our City Collide

Posted on April 1, 2014


By Andrew Wallis

Storefront_2008Recently, adoption has become quite popular among college students here in Memphis. To avoid any confusion, I will tell you that I am simply talking about pet adoption– not children. Although most students have primarily been adopting dogs, it is important that we do not forget their feline counterparts and the cat lovers out there. There are various avenues for the adoption or purchase of cats. Of course, there always are traditional means of adoption through government-run shelters and commercial pet stores, but Memphis also offers some alternative options that may appeal to even more potential adopters.

One local option that does things a little differently is the House of Mews, located in the middle of the Cooper-Young Historic District at 933 S. Cooper. Run by a non-profit organization, Puddy Tat Protectors, Inc., the House of Mews provides homeless cats and kittens with the opportunity to find a new life. Not only does the House provide adoption services, but the volunteers also work to educate the public on the humane treatment of cats, help report and prevent the abuse of animals, and encourage respect for the rights and dignity of animals. The key idea behind the House of Mews is that these cats and kittens are living, emotional beings that should not be up for sale or marketed like any other consumer product. Instead, they should be treated with love and respect. This comes to life through the process in which the cats are brought in and gradually introduced to the others. Since each cat has its own unique personality, the volunteers make it a priority to get to know each cat personally to help potential adopters find the best fit for everyone involved.

The House of Mews is more than just a unique adoption agency; it is a physical representation of the spirit of Memphis. Being founded in our city, The House of Mews is deeply connected with the community as it relies solely on Memphians to volunteer to run the shop and its daily operations. Here is some food for thought: We should approach Memphis like House of Mews. Much like the cats and kittens, many aspects of this city are lost or have been abandoned and are in need of being rescued and given the opportunity at a new life by a nurturing community of people that intimately know Memphis. It is important for people to get to know the city and it different parts because it is unique, has its own character, and is like no other city. So, I challenge you to take time to learn more about the city we live in. Find an aspect of Memphis that you are passionate about and adopt it. If you give Memphis the opportunity, it will live up to the potential it shows. Provide Memphis with love and understanding – even if it is just one cat at a time.

Andrew Wallis is a junior International Studies and History bridge major at Rhodes College

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