Drink a coffee.
Pet the cats.
Take one home.
Meet the cats at the Catfé
This café is in Vancouver.
It’s called the Catfé.
Michelle Furbacher owns the café.
Michelle wants cats to live in the café.
She wants people to come and enjoy the cats.
The BC SPCA brings the cats
Furbacher works with the BC SPCA.
They find homes for cats.
The SPCA brings friendly cats to the café.
They want people to enjoy the cats.
They want people to adopt the cats.
The SPCA is the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Catfé is successful.
People adopt the cats.
They take their adopted cats home.
“Kitty lovers adopt them,” says Furbacher. “There’s a bit of a cat shortage.”
Montreal was the first.
The first cat café in North America opened in Montreal.
The café is called the Happy Cat Café.
Cat cafés are popular.
Cat cafes are now open in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Portland and Oakland.
Watch these videos and learn more about cat cafes.
Find out more about the SPCA.
The Happy Cat Café in Montreal was the first cat café in North America. — Montreal
Take a look inside the Cat Life Café in Shanghai. — Shanghai
Cat cafes in Japan charge a fee to come in and pet the cats. — Japan
The Tokyo Cat Café has rules and 53 cats. Find out more. — Tokyo
How the cat café in London, England works — London, England
Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Patty Bossort