Melissa Pruitt – Owner
Melissa has been a rescuer of cats since she was a little girl. The rescue and foster genes are in her blood as her father, a sheriff of a small town in Illinois, was always one to feed, rescue and find homes to stray alley cats.
“I say it’s in my blood, because I only met my dad once and I have all the same traits as him when it comes to cats,” she says.
Pruitt’s inspiration to take action came from Adam Myatt and Anne Dunn, the owners of Cat Town, the United States’ very first cat café in Oakland. After paying a visit, Melissa immediately knew that this is what she wanted to do. She loved the idea that cats can get out of the stressful environment of a shelter, and into a safe place where they can roam free, relax and receive healthy attention.
“The ultimate goal for the lounge will be to provide a calm open space for the cats and people to come together,” explains Melissa. The lounge will have roughly 15-20 cats, all of which will be able to sleep freely about the lounge, as well as have access to a private room where they can be alone.
Lauren Doyle – Yoga & Meowditation Instructor
Lauren Doyle is an 800 hour certified Yoga Instructor trained in Hatha, Yin, and Prenatal Yoga, as well as Yoga for PTSD and Sacred Sound Healing. Lauren often mixes different aspects of these transformative specialties creating classes that are well-rounded, nurturing, and accessible to every-BODY. Her favorite part of teaching Yoga With Cats is having the ability to use her creativity to bring people and cats together in a space that is loving and beneficial for both people and felines alike! Lauren has been teaching Yoga at the cafe since its opening.