July 25, 2018, by Markeshia Ricks- "Connecticut’s first cat cafe is a step closer to opening in Westville Village center now that the Board of Zoning Appeals granted its owners a special exception Tuesday night. Mew Haven Cat Cafe owners Michael and Angela Pullo were given that green light after a short public hearing at 200 Orange St., where those in favor of the first-of-its-kind venture for the state and the city showed their support. The couple gathered approximately 1,000 signatures in support of opening their hybrid coffee shop/cat shelter at 904 Whalley Ave. No one testified in opposition of the cafe. The Pullos already have a separate takeout coffee shop. Now they will move forward with building out the storefront, which was for many years an optician’s office and formerly a campaign headquarters for Mayor Toni Harp, to add more space for the 12 cats that will call the space home until they are adopted. (Read more about the cat cafe here and here.) “We’re really excited to help cats get adopted,” Angela Pullo told board members Tuesday. The cats will come from a shelter in North Haven called The Animal Haven, which will handle the adoptions. They’re expected to be on site when the expanded storefront opens sometime in August..."
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