KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) - A new place to enjoy coffee and cats opened in Kokomo.
The Kokomo Humane Society opened their cat cafe in September of 2018.
"To spend an hour in the cat colony it is a five dollar donation towards the Humane Society, everything that we make in the cafe goes directly back into the shelter to care for the animals," says General Manager, Kadra Hillis.
Executive Director of the Kokomo Humane Society, Karen Wolf says she is in shock over how much this has helped their adoption rates.
"We were thinking it would sort of be a boutique kind-of situation but what we've ended up with is we are doing way more adoptions, we've done 157 since we opened," said Wolf.
They have local bakeries that donate an assortment of treats such as muffins, cupcakes, donuts and more.
"We also have a lot of people that check out the cafe with no intention of adopting and then fall in love and do adopt," said Wolf.
Wolf says the animals they choose to put in their cafe are calm and fun.
"And if a cat doesn't like being in this big place we'll move him back in a single cage but a lot of times they really like it," added Wolf. "So, of course, they're going to be friendly because there are lots of people who go in the colony."
Wolf added that it might take a few days for the cats to become adjusted to being in a bigger space, but that they learn to love it.
The Humane Society was given a grant provided by Pet Co to create their outdoor space for cats to roam freely.
"People just love to play with them. It's great for them. They get a lot of socialization. They're just ready to go home." said Hillis.
Adoption fees for adult cats are thirty dollars and for kittens, it is fifty dollars. The cafe is open from eleven to four thirty-six days a week and is closed Sunday.