The Northern Animal Rescue Alliance (NARA) has re-homed several felines to a new cat cafe in Vancouver.
Catoro Cafe has taken in nine cats and three kittens from the northern region, with a total of 30 from other parts of B.C., to inhabit the new space that puts a fresh spin on cat adoption.
With an overwhelming number of cats waiting to be adopted across the province, Catoro Cafe’s goal is to take the pressure off rescue agencies and shelters by offering a place for urban dwellers to connect with the animals. All the cafe’s cats are also available for adoption.
“A lot of people don’t want to go to animal shelters because they think it’s going to be very depressing and upsetting, but a lot of people will go to the cat cafes because they love cats and they may not necessarily be wanting to adopt but they might meet a cat that changes their mind or some people now visit them particularly to adopt,” says Melina Csontos, director and founder of Cat Therapy and Rescue who works to connect rescues with the cafe.
The Catoro Cafe is based on the popular Japanese anime film, Totoro, and its mysterious “cat forest”, a theme reflected throughout the cafe’s interior design.
Csontos says all the cats are spayed or neutered before they enter the cafe, plus given all their vaccinations and have any medical conditions treated. The adult cats then freely roam in the cat forest, which is filled with toys and separated from the cafe side. Kittens are kept in another enclosed room that guests can view through glass.
She adds Cataro Cafe will continue to work with NARA and other organizations that need help alleviating their overpopulation problem. All cats up for adoption are featured on their website.
“What’s really nice about this cat cafe is that they’re all rescue animals and they get a chance at finding a forever home,” says Csontos. “It’s a safe place for them to get that exposure and find a family so that we’re able to take in and help others.”