A “utopia” is outlined as an imagined place by which all the pieces is ideal. So, are you able to think about simply how idyllic Utopia could be if it included cats?
Meet Jason Gluck, the person who created such a actuality in Catopia, a beautiful, imaginative, magical (no apology for the string of adjectives), state-of-the artwork feline adoption middle in Jupiter, Florida. The cats who reside right here (albeit briefly) don’t know that they’re homeless.
“I have a passion for all things furry and dedicate my time to exposing others to the gift of love that one receives from connecting with animals,” explains Jason, co-chairman of the Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic and Ranch that for the previous 40 years has run a 27-acre rescue middle and animal sanctuary in Palm City, Florida. Recently, it opened Catopia at its second 15,000-square foot location in Jupiter. The constructing additionally options the Pups and Cups Catfé in full view of Catopia, the place each folks and pooches are welcome to have a cappuccino and a collection of gentle menu objects and benefit from the feline antics. There’s additionally a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic that serves the area people.
“My ultimate goal in designing and building Catopia was to provide a forward-thinking vision to cage-free living, a respite and, I hope, the future model for rescue housing,” Jason explains. “When visitors tell us how lucky these animals are to be living in Catopia, I know we’ve done our job.”
Jason’s background is in leisure and digital administration. He led the workforce that developed the Disney Channel authentic collection Hannah Montana, which made Miley Cyrus a global star.
He lives on his personal personal animal sanctuary the place, apparently, no cats are allowed.
“It’s home to my family of dogs, lemurs, a kangaroo, a zebra, a horse, a cow, pigs and my fiancé, Gabriella,” he says. “My family of animals are here to live their lives out in peace and serenity. I don’t have cats on the property due to the possible exposure to toxoplasmosis, which could be fatal to both the lemurs and my kangaroo. That’s where Catopia comes in. It fulfills my inner feline love.”
Jason says he was impressed by dwelling design improvements in Japan the place house is normally fairly restricted.
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“Also, in Japan and Korea, cat cafes are usually hip and sophisticated spaces where visitors can watch and interact with cats in spaces painstakingly designed for their enrichment,” Jason says. “Cats’ native instincts and curiosity are fueled by discovery.”
Jason says additional inspiration for this two-story, loft-styled feline expertise got here from mid-century inside designers like Ray and Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Eero Saarinen and furnishings producers Herman Miller and Knoll, who centered on designing areas that had been straightforward to keep up, utilizing pure and laborious surfaces. This helps fashionable cat mother and father make cleansing easy and retains the cats protected from illnesses.
“Everything I’ve created is something a cat parent can do in their own home, too, by taking a wall and giving their cat vertical space,” Jason says.
Fun and Games
Speaking of vertical areas, the cats (there are about 40 at any given time) take pleasure in entry to a 15-foot-tall cat tree that extends into one other 10 toes of customized vertical dwelling areas.
“We have a plethora of enrichment and resting spaces, even modern spaceship chairs that rotate 360 degrees around for the cats to keep an eye on all the fun,” Jason says. “The cat arcade is the place you possibly can try all of the cool cats and kittens ‘gaming.’
It affords wall-mounted interactive video games designed to entertain, practice and enrich. Best of all, it doesn’t require any quarters! After hours, all of the cats head to the disco with laser exhibits for late-night leisure.”
Cats are crepuscular, that means they’re most energetic at daybreak and nightfall, so the cat arcade retains them energetic, engaged and social.
And there’s extra! The 24/7 reside cams are designed for cat lovers from everywhere in the world to take pleasure in a number of angles in Catopia. The antics could be watched on furryfriendsadoption.org.
Jason’s imaginative and prescient is destined to be a trendsetter on this planet of animal rescue and welfare. There are extra initiatives and concepts within the planning levels. For now, let the images take over and do justice to this distinctive, authentic and easily spectacular adoption middle. Again, no apology for one more string of adjectives. Catopia has earned each single certainly one of them.
#pawsforthiscause: So What Can YOU Do?
- Donate or volunteer: Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch is the Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta, Florida, a nonprofit, no-kill facility whose mission is to rescue, rehab and re-home cats and canines in want.
- Be a copycat: Jason Gluck and his workforce additionally plan to create and distribute no-cost animal care, training and different outreach supplies to additional their attain and encourage different organizations in addition to cat lovers of all walks of life to supply the most effective care and enrichment for animals. So, attain out to them for his or her supplies and foyer your individual native humane society.