A friend and I made reservations to check out the new Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center in Oakland for its grand opening this past Caturday (ahh, see what I did there?) and had such an amazing time playing with the foster kitties and learning about the mission behind this adoption center/cafe.
We learned that the Cat Zone (the area separate from the actual cafe) can hold up to 8 – 12 kitties at any given time and it’s a safe, open and playful environment for house-trained and outgoing kitties to mingle until they are adopted. All the cats for Cat Town are provided by Oakland’s local animal shelters and it was great to hear that 5 out of the 7 cats were already planning to go home with a new, loving owner.
There are a lot of cat and dog cafes in Asia (I’ve been to one in Japan and South Korea!) but this is the first of its kind in the US that I’ve heard of. I’m sure some strict health regulation prohibits the animals from mingling with the people standing in line to buy the drinks and snacks, but it’s nice to be able to take your coffee and tea into the Cat Zone to hang out with the kitties while you sip away.
If you’re planning on checking out this place anytime soon, it would be wise to make a reservation for your Cat Zone time in advance! Overall, I think this was a fun way to spend some quality time over a hot cup of coffee with your old and new (furry) friends.