"We want people to come out even if they don't know the wonderful things we do and tour the shelter," said Gail Harbert, program manager for the Cat Welfare Association.
Classic rock will be performed during the afternoon by the appropriately named John and His
Strays, said Harbert
, who added a vegetarian option will be available during the lunch.
Also on tap for the Sept. 20 anniversary event will be a table with "cat enrichment toys" to show people how to stimulate their indoor pets, Harbert
said, along with the table from Catique, which moved out of the Wetmore Road location to the Northland area in spring 2014 to accommodate renovations for a visitation room.
Cat Welfare's volunteer coordinator will be present to recruit new help for the shelter, Harbert added.
In general, Harbert
said, the anniversary is intended to thank people for doing what comes naturally to them.
"I think it's the genuine love for cats that we all have," she
Harbert said she's been with the Cat Welfare Association for more than 20 years, and several volunteers and staff members "think of me as a newbie.
"With our volunteers, with our board members, with our staff members, once you're in, you're in for the long haul," she
"We're all here because we love cats and we want to support people and the community who are having difficulty caring for their cats.
I think that's why we have the sustainability that we do, the retention."
In past years, Cat Welfare open houses have drawn between 50 and 75 people.
"We'd love to double or triple that," Harbert