Maddie's Pet Project

Cat Lounge Comes to Reno

Will Reno Welcome its First Cat Lounge?
by Kimberly Wade

Kimberly and Newton

A Cat Lounge in Reno? Yes, please! For the past few years, cat cafes have been popping up across the country. It’s unique because not only does it promote aspiring entrepreneurs, but it offers a place for homeless cats until they find a loving family of their own. A personal fan, I’ve been following several cat cafes and enjoy watching their success—so will Reno embrace the trend?

Pussycat NV is a Cat Lounge pop-up, opening on September 11, featuring cool cats from Nevada Humane Society, cat-inspired local art and exciting events. The creators, Rosie Zuckerman and Ashley Westwood, have been working on this project for quite some time. Knowing it would be good to test the waters, they decided to start with a pop-up but hope to make it permanent.

Rosie and Ashley are artists by trade with a passion for helping homeless pets. They’ve worked with The Holland Project, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that brings art, music and culture to the community. Pussycat NV was created by combining their love of art and cats and The Holland Project is their perfect venue.

Pussycat NV is open to all ages, encompassing a variety of events with a place for people to hang out. It’s a place where kids can visit, read and relax; a place for yoga; a place to learn how to craft or enjoy local art. Most importantly, it’s a place for the cats to find a family. After all, the hope is that seeing a kitty companion in this home-style environment will make it easy to fall in love and adopt.

The cats of Pussycat NV welcome the public September 11 to 19 at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta Street in Reno, with an opening reception on September 13 from 6pm to 8pm. Be sure to check it out and offer support—I know I’ll be there!

Featured Pet (top photo): Sonny is an 8-year-old fella with years of dating experience! He loves everyone and his only goal in life is that he aims to please. Sonny is available for adoption at Nevada Humane Society, open daily for adoptions from 11am to 6:30pm, or reached at 775-856-2000 ext. 301 or 302.

BIO: Kimberly Wade is the Campaign Manager for Maddie’s® Pet Project in Nevada, a new campaign to increase live release rates for dogs and cats in Nevada shelters and rescue organizations. She lives with her husband and their cats, one of which has an Instagram to raise awareness for foster and adoption programs. Reach her at

CAPTION: Kimberly Wade and Newton