Is The Cat Café Trend Helping or Hurting Rescued Pets?

9. Cat Town, Oakland

America’s first cat café/adoption center opened to great fanfare in 2014 and its wild popularity still demands making online reservations. (Walk-ins are possible if space allows). Everybody enters through the RAWR café, then pays $10 to visit the 14-20 cats roaming free in the adjoining cat zone, with a maximum of 12 visitors per hour. The café has managed to place hundreds of rescued felines over the years, including 410 cats in 2017 alone, in turn bringing local feline euthanasia rates from 42 to 13 percent.

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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