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"Cat Cafe" pops up in Lower Manhattan

by Kelsey Schappell
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Kelsey Schappell, WFUV

Cat Cafes, which are popular in Japan, allow customers to play with cats while they enjoy their coffee.

Victoria Mills waited about two hours to get inside the Cat Cafe on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan, but she plans to leave with more than just a cup of coffee. 

The cats at the cafe are all up for adoption, and Mills knows which one she wants.
 
"I've actually already been looking for another cat to adopt," she said. "I went to the North Shore Animal League website and saw Sushi online and instantly fell in love with her. I've already submitted the application and I hope to be able to pick her back up on Sunday."
 
The North Shore Animal League paired up with Purina pet food to bring the Cat Cafe to New York. The groups want to provide a soothing atmosphere where customers can enjoy a "cat'achino." An Animal League volunteer, Nicholette, said the priority is to find a home for each of the cats. 
 
"Even at our shelter, we have so many. From kittens to young adults, there are so many friendly cats," she said.
 
The Cat Cafe will be in town through Sunday. 
 

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