If you’re looking to add a furry new member to your family, you just may find him or her at the Ferndale Cat Shelter’s new Catfé Lounge.
Located on Ferndale’s Livernois Street, the Catfé Lounge opened to the public yesterday and serves to make rescue kittens more accessible to the public and garner donations to further help the shelter’s mission.
“When a guest arrives at the Catfé, they will be greeted by a volunteer,” Deanne Iovan, director of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, said. “They will be told about the cats that are in the Catfé, their names and personalities, and encouraged to interact with them.”
The main goal of the Catfé Lounge is to create a community space for people and cats to enjoy each other’s company, said Iovan, who hopes the space will provide an educational space for bringing awareness about cat care and the benefits of community cats. It’s also a place for people to volunteer their time and talents and love of felines for the betterment of the community.
The Catfé will offer self-serve coffee and tea, as well as homemade treats prepared by volunteers. While the Catfé doesn’t charge a fee, there is a suggested $10 donation to help pay for the space, Wi-Fi and medical care for the cats. Moving forward, money raised through these donations will go toward community projects, and the Catfé Lounge will continue raising funds on its Indiegogo campaign to build a proper café in the future.
“Other activities we have in the works are cat yoga classes and small events in the evenings,” Iovan said.
Should you visit the Catfé and fall in love with a kitten at first sight, you’ll be able to begin the adoption process right there. Volunteers will take prospective adopters through the adoption application and interview them on the spot.
“If all goes well, we will bring them a new family member within a day or two!” Iovan said.
The Ferndale Cat Shelter, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, has been in operation for about a year and a half. The Catfé Lounge will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.