Say hello to Castle and Key Distillery’s first ever cat ambassador. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the business has recognized the value of a resident cat to help to keep down the rodent population. This is the story of an FIV positive cat named Ricky who was adopted as a stray from a pet store in Lexington by distillery owner Brett Connors.
Brett knew Ricky was FIV positive at the time of the adoption. While this discouraged others from taking Ricky home, Brett knew he would be an asset to the distillery.
In an interview with WFPL News, head distiller Marianne Barnes describes how well Ricky has adjusted to his role as cat ambassador
“We’ve had several tours in which we’ll go down through the garden. He’s already in there just hanging out and he’ll pop out of the garden and check in with every single person, just to make sure the tour is going well, see if they need anything.”
Brett and Marianne don’t plan to stop with one cat. Ricky has gained so much public admiration Castle and Key Distillery plan to adopt several more cats with conditions similar to Ricky to promote their bourbon.
According to their Facebook page Castle and Key is nestled on 113 acres of rolling hills in a castle that holds more than a century of distilling history and is home to well-crafted spirits and Marianne Barnes is the industry’s first female Master Distiller.