Already popular in Japan, the cat café phenomenon has now reached America, as the nation’s first cat café celebrated its grand opening in Oakland, California on October 25, 2014. Cat Town Café, an independent non-profit partnering with Oakland Animal Services, hopes that this exciting venture will provides lots of opportunities for local shelter cats to meet potential new owners and find loving forever homes.
The café features an area called the Cat Zone, where cats available for adoption will be free-roaming. Visitors can spend up to an hour in the Cat Zone. A ten dollar donation reserves a visiting time, although walk-ins will be accepted if space allows.