This week, I had planned to talk about the Independence city budget. Then, a Facebook posting at about 9 a.m. Wednesday changed that plan.


 

This week, I had planned to talk about the Independence city budget.


Then, a Facebook posting at about 9 a.m. Wednesday changed that plan.


Daft Crafts, once the temporary home to Lotus the cat, is closing its doors on June 14 after 11 months in business at 109 E. Lexington Ave. on the Square.


Cody Nations, the store’s owner who is still the lone participant in the Independence Animal Shelter’s Mews About Town program, said the closing isn’t because of a lack of business or foot traffic. As she wrote in a blog post last week, the store even had customers from Australia who were visiting the International Quilt Market in Kansas City.


“And our doors aren’t closing for a lack of support from the community,” Nations wrote. “Quite the opposite – we have had the most amazing band of artists and customers ... We have worked closely with the local animal shelter to set up a cat fostering program to help them increase the amount of cats being adopted by fostering cats in Daft Crafts, who can be adopted by our wonderful customers.”


Daft Crafts was the first – and to date, remains the only – participant in Mews About Town, which allows businesses to foster a cat from the shelter and then actually adopt out the cat from the store.


Since the beginning of April, Nations and Daft Crafts have adopted two cats, a tortie who is now named Atticus, and well, you know the story of Lotus. Last week, Daft Crafts took in a new foster cat, Tinker, who was adopted Wednesday.


The store is closing, Nations said, so she can take time for personal and family matters. She recently experienced the death of her grandfather, had a breast cancer scare (the screening results did come back negative) and had several people close to her undergo significant health changes.


“My life has been in turmoil since February, and I need time to heal and collect myself,” Nations wrote. “I need time with my family. It seems so selfish to me since I am taking a valuable resource away from the community, and it hurts so badly, but I know that this is the right thing to do for my family, and they are the most important thing to me.”


Nations is still exploring options to transfer ownership of Daft Crafts, but if that doesn’t happen, June 14 is the store’s final day of business. Hours through then are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the store closed today and on June 1 and 2.


As for the Mews About Town program, the Animal Shelter has had no other businesses express interest, and with the closing of Daft Crafts, that leaves the program soon without participants. Contact the shelter at 816-325-7207 for more information on how to participate.


“She has been awesome,” said Jennifer Polston, Independence Animal Services supervisor, of Nations’ participation. “Three cats may not seem a lot, but it is a lot. The exposure from her having them and showing the importance of the community helping with the problem of pet overpopulation in the area is huge.”


Because the Animal Shelter’s cat population is at capacity, cat adoption fees are $20 off today and Friday. Adoption fees will range from $29 to $79 and include spay/neuter, feline leukemia and FIV tests, rabies vaccinations and microchips.


The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adoptions at 875 S. Vista Ave. We’re also about a week away from June, which is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.


“We need businesses to help us now more than ever with kitties because it’s summertime,” Polston said. “With all of the orphans, kittens and mothers coming into the shelter, we are full. We need as much help as possible from individuals, businesses and the community combined.”