2007_07_travicats2.jpgManhattan's Bide-A-Wee animal shelter is having a grand opening today and tomorrow for its new "Kitty Cat Habitat." The space is now cageless, allowing cats to "roam free, romp on ledges and bridges and enjoy looking out windows while waiting for permanent homes or foster homes" and to be happy as they await their new humans. Aw!

There will also be a Bideawee trainer available to answer questions about cats, information about grooming, refreshments, and children's face painting. And if you can't make it or can't adopt/foster a kitten or cat now, you could donate some items - Bideawee needs not only new or gently used towels, blankets, pillow cases, etc., but even newspapers.

Bideawee, which is a no-kill shelter, is located 410 East 38th Street (212.532.4455), and the event is today, Saturday, and tomorrow between 10AM and 6PM. And we must disclose something: Our super-terrific cat was adopted in 1990 (!!) from the Bide-A-Wee - he was a tree rescue.