June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, and here’s one event that will make you want to reschedule previous plans — the “Kittens and Cocktails” fundraiser on Jun. 19, 2015, hosted by Cat Town Café in Oakland, Calif.. Imagine sipping cocktails and mingling with cool cats in a café setting with plenty of feline-themed activities on the menu. This inaugural event will help subsidize the café’s planned expansion, and, being part of the Saving Pets Challenge crowdfunding effort, funds raised can stretch even further, as the top fundraising organizations receive additional funding from the sponsor, Found Animals. There will also be product giveaways, courtesy of environmentally conscious pet product manufacturer Worldwise, which should be reason enough for your cat to forgive you for stepping out for a good cause. The celebration doesn’t begin and end on Jun. 19. Every cat adopted from Cat Town Café during the month of June will go home with a cat-goody bag filled with toys, catnip and scratchers from brand line by Petlinks, SmartyKat and kathy ireland Loved Ones — all donated by Worldwise.
“We are excited for our first “Kittens and Cocktails” event,” said Ann Dunn, founder of Cat Town and co-founder of the Cat Town Cafe. “The money raised through the event and our Saving Pets Challenge page will go towards a planned expansion of our adoption center as well as establishing an emergency medical fund. Both will help us save many more cats.”
Cat Town Café, which was founded in 2014 and is the first cat café in the United States, takes the adoption option out of the shelter and into a coffee-house setting with an adjoining designated cat zone — filled with miniature-golf course-like structures with a feline twist — where visitors can interact with cats up for adoption. The café is run by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Cat Town, which has helped to reduce the euthanasia rate in Oakland’s municipal shelter by more than 50 percent. The cafe is located at 2869 Broadway, at 29th Street, in Oakland, Calif., and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, while the Cat Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
Get your “Kitties and Cocktails” tickets online, where you can also donate to Cat Town Cafe’s Saving Pets Challenge fund.