Valencia’s first-ever ‘cat café’ has just opened on Calle Túria with a huge collection of rescued moggies seeking homes. ‘El Passatge dels Gats’ is home to felines rescued from the street by the Valencia-based shelter Asociación Adaana, and have all been spayed or neutered, wormed, de-flead, vaccinated and given a thorough veterinary check – as is standard with most shelters whenever they welcome a new arrival.
However, in order to get a second chance at life and enjoy being spoilt rotten in a loving home, the cats need to be ‘humanised’ – as non-domestic cats tend to be very scared and shy at first, but quickly adapt and make friends with their fellow species if they are given lots of attention.
A few ‘stroking sessions’ is normally enough to break the ice, then the cats realise they cannot get enough of the comfort supplied by humans and swiftly become affectionate.
For customers, they can enjoy the added bonus of being able to relax in feline company whilst they wind down with a drink – after all, numerous studies have proven that stroking a cat relieves tension, increases dopamine and oxytocin levels and lowers blood pressure.
Given that the café is full of animals, customers cannot just walk in off the street as the cats may escape, undoing all the hard work of Adaana and El Passatge dels Gats and their clients.
Therefore, booking is required, by telephone or via the website elpassatgedelsgats.com.
A ‘bronze’ booking gives customers half an hour with the cats, whilst a ‘silver’ reservation gives them a full hour with a drink included and ‘gold’ is the same as silver but with a free snack as well. Finally, a ‘platinum’ booking means an hour’s worth of cat-stroking, a drink, and more exquisite, high-class snack.
All animals at the café are available for adoption – in fact, customers are actively encouraged to take them home and have the added advantage of all the most expensive initial vet bills having already been paid.
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Virtual confession app launched
Confess your sins, wherever you are
Need to confess your sins? Well, a new app in Spain is able to find the nearest priest. Catholics seeking to confess their sins to a priest in Spain can now turn to a new app to find the nearest available cleric.
‘Confesor GO’ detects a user’s location and shows the location of priests around them who are ready to listen to their sins as well as the shortest route to get there. It also provides basic information about the priest, including name, date of birth and the year he was ordained as well as a list of the Ten Commandments.
“The priest may be in a confessional in a church or somewhere down the street or at a park in your city,” reads the description of the app on Apple’s iTunes store.
The app was launched on Thursday on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a national holiday in Spain which celebrates the belief that the Virgin Mary was conceived without sin.
A beta version has been downloaded several thousand times since it was made available to the public in late September.
The bishop of the northern city of San Sebastian, Jose Ignacio Munilla, is one of around 100 clerics across Spain who have so far signed up to use the app to signal when they are available to hear confession, which usually involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth.
Father Ricardo Latorre, who came up with the app, said he hopes the service will become available in other Spanish-speaking nations in Latin America next year.
“It has generated a great deal of interest and there are many priests from these countries that ask to join. What happens is things take time and it is impossible to do it faster,” he told Catholic news website Verdad en Libertad earlier this year.
While Catholicism remains deeply embedded in Spanish culture, regular church attendance in Spain, like elsewhere in Europe, has steadily fallen.
The majority of Spaniards, 59.3 percent, say they ‘almost never’ attend mass, according to a survey published by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS). Just 15 percent said they went every week.