About

Catagonia offers luxury boarding, exclusively for cats.  We enable cat parent's peace of mind by providing the highest standard of overnight pet care in the industry.  We are cat care, re-imagined.   

 

Since Catagonia opened in November 2016, we've expanded our services to include in-home behavior consultation by a Fear Free Certified professional, full service grooming, as well as a retail area with cat beds, toys, supplements, grooming tools, and naturally... the city's largest selection of catnip!  As the company grows, we plan to expand our inventory of retail items to include cat-themed gifts for humans, handcrafted cat trees, cat shelves, bridges, and hammocks and even home catio design consultation. We're also priming the company for its first opportunity to franchise.  

 

Our Roots

FOUNDER

Hello Hello! I'm Shannan, and I have the privilege of being able to say I'm the owner and founder of Catagonia. I had long dreamed of opening this business and thanks to my Dad (my hero and closest ally), Catagonia opened its doors in 2016 to help the cat lovers of Colorado Springs. I had an unlikely career before this as an Air Force officer with 8 years on active duty before transitioning to the reserves to create Catagonia... a business I had long dreamed of opening after seeing the need for it in every city I was stationed, and realizing a very stubborn personal conviction-turned-goal to find more freedom and creativity in my career. After getting stationed at Peterson AFB in 2012, I knew Colorado would be the place to build the business. Come to find out during market research... there are actually more people in Colorado Springs that have cats than there are that have dogs. Who knew? Hopefully the team and I get to meet yours. By the way, this place would be nothing if not for the staff. They are amazing and I am grateful for them every single day. It is also not lost on me that I never could've built this place or made this happen without my Dad, Dana Longley. We made A LOT of sawdust in 2016... it was fun (now that it's over)... his one request was that I fly the American flag that once flew on our old rickety ski boat I learned to slalom on somewhere in Catagonia, so I do. "Thank you Dad" doesn't even come close.  

 

ZIGGY & ZOE... MY INSPIRATION 

 

I rescued Zig and Zoe in 2010 from the tiny animal shelter on Misawa Air Base where I was stationed in Japan. They were just three years old at the time; A bonded pair of tuxedo litter mates, curious, funky tailed, pink-nosed and both definitely dressed for the occasion. Much of my time on active duty was spent away... either deployed, TDY, training, at a course for XYZ... and it made the absence of quality boarding for cats all too obvious. I hated burdening my friends, and constantly worried about them escaping their houses (and they did, more than once). Boarding was the alternative, but was I going to put Zig and Zoe in wire cages for weeks? No way. Nothing was good enough for my Zig and Zoe, so I hurled myself into debt and built something that was. Designing the logo was fun... I knew I wanted my sweet Zoe girl to be in it because well, she was my favorite cat of all time. She was my little healing cat. Always by my side when I needed her the most, so loyal and sweet in a way that I'd never experienced with any other cat. If you look close at the cat in our logo, you can see her little hooked periscope tail. Her memory and my indescribable love for her will carry on in spirit, as she suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from what turned out to be cancer on Superbowl Sunday 2019... My heart is not whole, but she'll always be a part of Catagonia's story. 

Interested in joining our team?

We're always looking for qualified candidates that show compassion toward all animals, are not afraid to get their hands dirty, and can provide customer service second to none.  If that sounds like you, complete the attached application and either send it to shannan@catagoniacathotel.com (that's with an A, not an O) with a cover letter, or give it to Shannan in person at the Hotel.  

 

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