BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NEW YORK – Sixty cats in just ten weeks. It was that success, says Anne Levin, founder of the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, that prompted this particularrescue organization to get into the Cat Cafe business on a permanent basis.
BBAWC opened a pop up cafe just last fall in Fort Greene, that Levin says greatly upped the odds of the animals finding forever homes. “They had a great time”, Levin said to 1010 WINS. “They got a lot of attention and they liked being there. We could have adoption events that were not as stressful for the animals, because everyone was coming into their homewhere they’re comfortable. Usually when you go to an adoption event it’s a new strange place for the cats, so they’re unhappy.”
The brand new Brooklyn Cat Cafe opened to the public Saturday, May 7th at 149 Atlantic Avenue. Levin notes that on the weekends, visitors can order their food and the Cat Cafe will have runners on hand to pick it up for you.
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— Brooklyn Cat Cafe (@CatCafeBK) May 6, 2016
Admission is just 5-dollars for 30 minutes; children under 3 get in free. Initially, they’ll be open on weekends from the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Levin says they’re also planning some special events, including themed movie nights and a “cats with mats yoga class”. This coming fall, they’ll expand the facility to include an enclosed backyard where the cats can safely go outside.
The Brooklyn Cat Cafe celebrates its grand opening with a ticketed fundraiser for BBAWC, on Friday, May 6 at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased from http://www.catcafebk.com/ And, the cafe will open to the public on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. Follow the cafe on Facebook.