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Library Cats and Book Shop Cats — 17 Comments

  1. Yes Marc
    Penny 1 Higgins -1
    What worries me about if we had library cats here is with the cuts and libraries closing altogether or having only short hours opening,what would happen to the cats then?

  2. Michael, what a great topic. This library is always a favorite place to visit when I go see friends in Branford. When I first started visiting they had 2 library cats. So I went off looking for info on the cats, and found a site devoted to library cats!


    Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut. Not clear why they don’t have current library cats, but I miss them.

    But, the site has great stories of library cats!

    • Fantastic information. You have a mission: to go in search of library cats and to photograph them! We are looking for the America’s best library cat. Perhaps there are far more than I ever imagined.

      • I help out with the Purr ‘n’ Fur site with those pages on US library cats linked to in the comments here. I came across this page while researching the recent story about Penny at Swansea for a future update to her entry.

        If you or any of your readers can ever help, we’d love to hear of any more library cats, or updates for ones we already have: images and a little information very welcome, or the name of a library known to have a cat so we could contact them ourselves. We’re on the other side of the pond, and it’s not always easy to track down the feline-friendly libraries! Contact us through the site, or we’re also on Facebook. Thanks 🙂

    • LoL – yes Ruth, exactly – and I think the development regarding Higgins and jail puts him in the minus. I do love to give minus points to the monsters don’t I 🙂

      Penny 1 : Higgins -1

    • Higgins is a criminal in jail! What a laugh. How he had the cheek to complain about a cat in a library is beyond me. Maybe there is some good in the world. I was beginning to lose faith.

  3. One of many comments re: Penny.

    “Patrick Higgins and his father have been a thorn in the butts of the residents of Swansea for a long time, they need really think about moving!”

    LMAO! Apple didn’t fall far from that tree.

    “Higgins said he does not have a cat allergy and that he doesn’t frequent the library.”

    People like Higgins really tick me off. They go around looking for problems to complain about. Having a cat in a store does NOT violate the ADA. The ADA allows for “companion” and “service” pets if a person has been diagnosed with certain ailments and requires the need of a trained animal.

    Higgins would probably complain about a blind person with a guide dog in the library as well.

    • Well said. I feel the same way about Higgins. He sounds as if he is just a nuisance and professional complainer. He possibly dislikes cats too. The library visitors should make the decision and I know what it will be. Get rid of Higgins, keep Penny. 😉

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