It began with an editorial about cat cafés in The us. “I learn it, concept what a perfect thought it used to be combining the 2, cats and occasional, so I went house and advised my husband about it,” says Kelli Steward, proprietor and founder together with husband Stephen of Alabama’s simplest cat café, Gatos and Beans. The 2 researched some extra after which visited Java Cats and Glad Tabby cat cafés in Atlanta.

“And from there, issues simply started to occur. We entered a contest similar to Shark Tank, placed on by means of REV Birmingham and — lengthy and brief — ended up taking 2nd position,” she says. They partnered with Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue, discovered the easiest construction, and a few yr and a part (and plenty of trials and tribulations) later, they opened Gatos and Beans.

“I all the time ask folks once they are available, ‘Are you right here for espresso or cats and occasional?’ Most of the people are there for each. But when no longer, this is OK as a result of we’re a full-service espresso store in addition to cat adoption heart,” Kelli explains. “We have now the entire issues you possibly can be expecting at a espresso store — drip espresso, espurrsos, cat poccinos, Maine Coon mochas, and many others. Our adoption heart is stuffed with cat-friendly cabinets, ramps, bridges, towers — the entire issues kitties like to play on. Many beds for his or her convenience, and tables and chairs for yours.” Gatos and Beans additionally provides cat yoga and can quickly have film evening a few times a month. Down the street, it appears to be like to collaborate with native artists to assist fundraise for Kitty Kat Haven and different native rescues.

Kelli — who’s all the time round animals as a receptionist for an area veterinary sanatorium — is happy with the assist they supply to the overpowering inhabitants of cats and kittens within the house, plus having a hand in making households and animals come in combination. “Rescue isn’t new to me,” she says, “Twenty-three years within the veterinary industry — rescue is solely a part of it. However now I’ve a house in between houses for some deserving pussycats.”

For the longer term, Kelli and Stephen will focal point on facilitating extra adoptions and teaching the neighborhood about spay and neuter and trap-and-release protocols for feral colonies. They need to increase Gatos and Beans with a catio to present the cats and consumers a bigger area to hang around. “Operating a cat café is a dream come true that till a short while in the past I didn’t even know used to be my dream,” she says.

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