The House of Mews Needs Help

Tired of hearing about the economy? Me too, but it doesn’t make sense to ignore. It’s hit harder for some than others, and both local and national charity-based operations have taken their licks. There has been recent press in The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer about the House of Mews, run by Elaine Harvey. Located at 933 S. Cooper, the House of Mews has been a CY mainstay for years, saved thousands of cats, and helped place them in forever homes. The house currently homes 95 cats that need placement.

[singlepic id=246 w=320 h=240 float=right]Unfortunately, even with volunteer only staff, the House of Mews has been hit quite hard by the financial downturn. In a May interview in Memphis Flyer, Harvey disclosed that rent alone is $980 a month and expenses for food, litter, and veterinary care can exceed $20,000 annually. Harvey has put her home up for sale to help with the costs.

You can help keep House of Mews in the CY neighborhood by donating financially, or if this is not possible, you can foster one cat should House of Mews be forced to close. The goal, of course, is to keep House of Mews open and running, but a backup plan for the cats’ welfare must be
solidified just in case. So far, 17 people have offered to foster a cat.

For more information on how to donate, go to or call 901-272-3777. Or stop by, the hours are: Tuesday-Wednesday 1–5 pm, Thursday 6–9 pm, Friday 1–5 pm, Saturday 12–4 pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday.


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