After being open for just a few weeks, Vancouver’s first cat cafe had to shut its doors this week for the best possible reason – it ran out of cats.
Catfé, which officially opened its doors in December, offers customers the opportunity to enjoy some food and drinks and spend time hanging out with its resident cats. It’s been so popular with its cat-loving customers that all of the cats have been adopted, which is what led to this week’s closure.
Catfé has a partnership with the British Columbia SPCA, which provides cats and oversees the adoption process, and aims to have between eight to 12 adoptable cats on site at any given time, giving cats who are looking for their forever homes some extra exposure to potential adopters. It also takes reservations in advance for the 16 available spots in its cat lounge.
“It’s turning out to be a really great way to adopt or potentially meet cats you might be interested in adopting,” owner Michelle Furbacher told the CBC. “It’s just a warm, comfortable environment” with cats free to roam, “their personalities really come out a lot more.”
Catfé explained the situation in an update, stating, “In December we had nine adoptions, leaving us currently with four cats in house – two of which have been approved for adoption and will be leaving us Saturday! The result of steady adoptions paired with holiday hours means that our partners at the BC SPCA are low on cats to send to us – so over the next few days we will be a little low on kitties.” They decided to close while waiting for more cats so the two who remained could have time to acclimate and wouldn’t be overwhelmed by visitors.
While it’s good news for the cats who have all gone home, Catfé further explains that they won’t be mixing cats from other sources because of protocols in place to prevent the spread of disease. They are also quick to point out that even though there was a temporary shortage at their shop, there is definitely no shortage of adoptable cats at rescues and shelters in the area. They’ve pointed people looking to adopt to check out local organizations directly, including VOKRA – Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, Richmond Animal Protection Society, Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), Katie’s Place Animal Shelter, CARES Cat Shelter and Tinykittens.
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