This past weekend I attended a sneak peek event at CatCafé Lounge, which is the first nonprofit cat café in Los Angeles! I had a fantastic time and think that the lounge is a great place for adoptable kitties to hang out while they wait for their forever homes.
Located on the second floor of the building, paw prints lead visitors and potential adopters up the stairs. You enter the café portion of the building, make your entry donation (remember, nonprofit!), get a free coffee or tea and can also order a baked good or snack if you want to. Then, you’re ushered into the separate lounge area and greeted by the cats!
Kristi Labrenz Galvan, Founder and Executive Director of CatCafé Lounge, began her journey of opening the nonprofit cat café back in 2015. I asked Kristi why being a nonprofit was important to her when many cat cafés are not.
“I am not looking to make a profit from cats, my intention is to save lives in the LA community. I wanted potential guests to be assured that the money they spend at the cat café will go 100% back to our mission of saving lives.”
NKLA Coalition Partner
The mission of CatCafé Lounge is to increase adoptions & reduce euthanizations while socializing cats. And because of that mission, CatCafé Lounge is an NKLA Coalition Partner.
“NKLA is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society, bringing together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of pets in L.A. city shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home.” Source: nkla.org
The cats are pulled from Los Angeles shelters by CatCafé Lounge’s rescue partner SNPLA (the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles). Kristi says, “CatCafé Lounge would like to get to a point where we can pull from LA County shelters as well as help other rescues looking for a “foster” to house a large population of kitties.”
Kristi goes on to say that “Our cat café focuses on the ‘undercat’ (underdog). The cats that other rescues may overlook because they are not front of cage or have minor medical issues that they don’t have the resources to mend.”
When I visited on Saturday, the cats were friendly and playful. But if they wanted a break from the visitors, they had a separate room to head to for some time out. There are also plenty of areas in the main lounge that are high up so they can monitor the goings-on from a distance.
CatCafé Lounge opens to the general public on February 3, 2018 and their reservation system is now open. Feline aficionados (and those looking to adopt) in the Southern California area should definitely check out CatCafé Lounge! I had a wonderful time at the preview event and know that any cat lover would be happy to visit the cat café! As their motto states… Sip.Socialize.Adopt.