“Connecting Homeless Cats With Happy People,” is the mission of Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe, which will open in Clintonville, OH this summer.

If you aren’t familiar with cat cafes, they originated in Taiwan and have recently made their way into the United States. Cat cafes in the U.S. are both cat adoption centers and cafes where people can interact with cats living in a homelike environment.

“Cat cafes provide a comfortable environment for cats to “be themselves” and really flourish,” said Chrissy Kuras, founder of Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe. “Because of that, the people who visit them benefit from being around cats that feel at home.”

Cat cafes help move cats out of cages and into permanent homes, while giving relief to animal shelters. Eat, Purr, Love will host 8 to 10 adoptable adult cats from The Capital Area Humane Society at a time. When a cat gets adopted, another will move in.

Kuras decided to open up a cat cafe when she realized that Ohio did not have one. “I fell in love with the idea and knew that there were many other cat loving Buckeyes who would enjoy a cat cafe as much as me,” she said.

Eat, Purr, Love plans to have many cat-inspired events on a regular basis, such as: “Yogatos,” yoga with cats; and “Purrs & Palettes,” painting with cats. The cafe also plans to host special occasions for kids to spend time with cats, incorporating both playful and educational activities.

The organization is not a 501c3 nonprofit, but plans to stay true to utilizing the cat cafe to benefit feline rescue groups and other organizations in the community.

“Cat cafes bring cats and people together and increase awareness, advocacy and adoptions for rescued cats,” said Kuras.

Eat, Purr, Love plans to open this summer! For information, please visit Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe’s website. Stay updated and support the cafe by following Eat, Purr, Love on Facebook. —Amanda Rockhold

Amanda Rockhold is a Customer Development Manager at an automotive testing center. As a writer and an animal-lover, she has an initiative to help others—both humans and those with paws! Amanda is an aspiring playwright and loves to involve herself in community theatre.

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