Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meow Mix! Vancouver Cafe Mingles Cats and Customers to Spur Adoption

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meow Mix! Vancouver Cafe Mingles Cats and Customers to Spur Adoption

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B.C. cafe mixes cats, customers to spur adoption

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VANCOUVER - A new Vancouver coffee house is inviting patrons to cuddle up with a rescue kitten while sipping their cafe au lait.

The aptly dubbed "Catfe" has partnered with the BC SPCA to serve as a transition place for cats awaiting adoption.

Owner Michelle Furbacher is a former SPCA volunteer who says she based the cafe on similar shops in Europe and the U.S. west coast.

She also consulted with the non-profit to ensure the animals' welfare is maintained at a high standard; the venue includes shelving units for climbing, scratching posts, toys and a cats-only backroom for their privacy.

The cafe that opened on Monday operates on a reservation system to ensure an appropriate meow mix of customers and kitties. …

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