The international trend of playing with animals while enjoying a drink or snack has made its way to Atlanta. Play with a furry feline or have a cup of coffee, your cat-loving family will enjoy visiting one of these local cat cafes when they open.

The cafés partner with local shelters to supply the cats, so if your family falls in love with a cat, they will be available for adoption.

Java Cats Café

Owner Hadyn Hilton opened her cat cafe in Grant Park. She says she chose this location because she wants it to be an easy spot for families to visit and hopes to host regular kid-friendly activities such as reading to cats. The interior already has giant cat murals on the walls and the cats will come from PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Ebrik Coffee will provide the drinks and The Gathering Industries will provide pre-packaged food. Go see it: 415 Memorial Dr. SE Suite C, Atlanta

Happy Tabby Cat Café

Owner April Hill’s cat cafe is located in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. She says after opening they will host kid’s birthday parties and have children’s afternoons where the whole family can come by and play with the cats. There will be a playtime fee per hour to help with overcrowding: Adults, $8; ages 10 and younger, $5, but they will refund anyone who finds a cat they want to adopt. Pre-packaged food will be provided by local partners: King of Pops, Victory Sandwich Bar and Gigi’s Cupcakes among others. The café will partner with FurKids, a no-kill shelter, to provide the cats. Go see it: 529 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta. 678-640-4404

Volunteer to Get Your Cat Fix

Good Mews

Your family can sign up to volunteer at this this no-kill, cage-free shelter and help socialize the cats among other opportunities. Kids in grades 1-8 can even visit and read to a cat to practice reading skills and bond with the animals. Marietta

FurKids

Children of all ages can come in to brush the cats, choose a toy from the shelter’s stash and make a new friend. They also have a reading program where kids can grab a mat and read to a cat. Atlanta

Other animal shelters:

Atlanta Humane Society atlantahumane.org

LifeLine Animal Project lifelineanimal.org

Best Friends Pet Adoption Center bestfriends.org

Georgia SPCA georgiaspca.org

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends aarfatlanta.org

PAWS Atlanta pawsatlanta.org

– Teresa Farkas

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