Mainstay performers Toni Homeperm and Ashley Jade hosted a Haunted Paint Night at the Shabby Tabby Cat Café on Saturday, Sept. 23, where patrons were able to conjure up a spooky portrait of …
Mainstay performers Toni Homeperm and Ashley Jade hosted a Haunted Paint Night at the Shabby Tabby Cat Café on Saturday, Sept. 23, where patrons were able to conjure up a spooky portrait of their favorite witch’s familiar.
The Cat Café celebrates their fifth year in Sayville on Thursday, Sept. 28, and will have a sale on admission and clothing this weekend in honor of that anniversary.
Since 2018, the Shabby Tabby has facilitated nearly 1,400 adoptions.
With, sadly, a steady, and sometimes overwhelming stream of cats in need of homes either dropped off or tipped off to the staff at Shabby Tabby, the café has made it a priority to help special-needs felines and works with community members able to care for their particular maladies or adaptations.
In addition to their work in the cat sphere, the Shabby Tabby has also served as a gathering center and point of pride in the LGBTQIA+ community, hosting multiple events a month with drag performers that also include bingo.
Homeperm said of her most recent event, “It was another fabulous Drag Queen Paint Night at the Shabby Tabby Cat Café, which was hosted by me, Toni Homeperm and Ashley Jade! We chose to do an early Halloween theme, and picked as inspiration an adorable black cat sitting in front of a pumpkin! Along with helping everyone create their paintings, Ashley Jade and I did some of our favorite spooky numbers, which delighted the audience.”
Famous and award-winning drag performers from all over Long Island have performed at the Shabby Tabby, including Annie Manildoo and Ivy Stalls who, along with Homeperm and Jade, have fully booked weekends of drag events in the Sayville and Patchogue area.
Owner Ryan Shea, who has pledged deep devotion to the LGBTQIA+ community, said, “We love hosting drag events because they are tons of fun and we want everyone to know we are inclusive in every way. Cats don’t have any types of prejudices, and neither do we! It’s great that these events always sell out; it makes our hearts happy!”