Oakland’s Cat Town, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model, café-goers will be able to enjoy tasty drinks and snacks, then slip into the adjacent “Cat Zone” for some feline snuggles. All the cats at the café will be rescue cats, and all will be up for adoption – should you fall in love and decide you want more than just a coffee to go.
Back in April, we reported on a New York pop-up venue that was the first cat café in the US. Several organizations have also been planning and fundraising to open permanent venues. Cat Town, however, is the first to have successfully secured a site, and have just announced that they are opening at 2869 Broadway, Oakland, on 25 October, 2014.
Due to U.S. health regulations, there will be one significant difference between Japanese and U.S. cat cafés: in the U.S. the cats will have to be kept in a separate room from the food and beverages. At the Cat Town Café, patrons get one-hour of free entry into the Cat Zone with a purchase from the café, but numbers are strictly limited in the zone and waiting times may apply. Cat Town recommends making a reservation for a donation of $10 instead. This guarantees that you can walk right in, with or without a purchase from the café. One adult will also be required to be present for every two children under 12 years of age admitted.
Cat Town started in 2011, and since then has rescued over 600 cats and kittens from shelters. Rescued cats are fostered through Cat Town’s network of volunteers while they wait to be adopted. The rescue cats that will grace the café will be selected for their sociability, but if you are drawn to the shy and retiring type of feline, the more timid cats up for adoption can be viewed by arrangement. As an added bonus, your $10 donation for entry into the Cat Zone can be deducted from your adoption fees. Please see here for Cat Town’s current list of rescue cats.
For reservations for the Cat Town Café Cat Zone, click here.
Photos by Cat Town via Facebook