A primary-of-its-kind house, the Cat Cafe Maui, opens on the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Heart. Described as “a fun and inviting space for cats and humans,” Cat Cafe Maui patrons can calm down, play, sip, and store with rescue cats–and undertake one in the event that they discover a particular connection.
The enterprise, positioned on the second flooring close to the elevators, had a comfortable opening this week, and can maintain an official grand opening on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
Particularly designed to socialize and practice rescue kittens, Cat Cafe Maui offers a house for cats to prepare for adoption, and guests to seek out their eternally kittens.
Cat Cafe Maui founder and Maui Cat Rescue govt director, Moriah Diamond stated the idea began in Japan. In accordance with Diamond, there are at the very least 4 companies devoted to the concept on Oʻahu; nonetheless, this can be a first for Maui.
Visits are by reservation solely, but when somebody doesn’t have a reservation after they are available, they’ll scan a QR code on web site and e book an appointment on-line for any obtainable spots.
Availability is on the prime of each hour from 11 a.m. to five p.m., with the final time slot being at 4 p.m. Price is $20 per individual (plus charges) for 50 minutes, and features a complimentary premium espresso or natural tea and a designed time with the cats after signing a waiver. Kamaʻāina charges are additionally obtainable.
“A lot of people on Maui can’t have cats because of the rental situation, but we love cats, and so this is a place that people can come and hang out with the cats without having to make the commitment of owning a cat, having to care for the cat, having to worry about whether or not their landlord is going to let them have a cat,” stated Erin McCargar, Treasurer and volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit Maui Cat Rescue.
“Also those of us who love cats, even if we have cats, we just want to spend time with other cats. So it gives us a nice, clean, comfortable, cool space to just hang out with the cats and enjoy them, and meet other people who like to hang out with cats too,” she stated. “So it’s just a nice way to spend an afternoon sometimes.”
Cat associated merchandise is on the market on the market in a boutique positioned on the entrance entrance. There’s additionally refreshments obtainable for friends who e book a session.
“There’s been lots of situations, like in the last couple of weeks where I’ve been stressed, or I’ve been upset or whatever, and I just come here and I sit and I hang out with the cats, and it’s just so calming and fun and nice, and you can’t not smile with these little munchkins running around,” stated McCargar.
“It’s also a great opportunity for kids to learn how to handle cats, how to be with pets, how to play with them, and how to care for an animal,” she stated.
There’s additionally greater than 50 volunteers who conduct deep cleans each morning and night, and spot cleans all through the day.
The opposite side is connecting cats to individuals and facilitating adoptions. Cat Cafe Maui permits potential adopters to get to know the cats’ personalities first.
The entire cats can be found for adoption via a partnership with the Maui Humane Society. Maui Humane Society will obtain all donation-based adoption charges from the café to offset their assist of kitty provides, adoption administration, and veterinary care.
Cats vary in age from 4 months previous to 5 years, and vaccinated (as age applicable), spayed or neutered, microchipped, and include all the identical ensures that the Humane Society gives if you happen to undertake a cat. In the event that they find yourself being sick within the first two weeks of adoption, they are often taken again to the Humane Society, they usually pay for his or her veterinary care.
“The hope is this gets more cats connected with more people, and available for adoption, and then that could help us to clear the shelter so that the shelter can take on more cats and help both the cat community and the community in general with fewer cats running around without homes,” stated McCargar.
With over 3.4 million cats coming into animal shelters nationwide, solely 3.1 million cats are adopted annually, in response to current knowledge. On the Maui Humane Society, for each one canine there are two cats that come via its doorways. Of their 2022 fiscal 12 months, Maui Humane Society accepted practically 5,000 animals, 65% of which have been cats.
“We’re ecstatic to have a lifesaving, on-island partnership with Cat Cafe Maui,” stated Katie Shannon, Maui Humane Society’s Director of Advertising and marketing within the enterprise’ grand opening press launch. “Their distinctive adoption alternative creates more room in our shelter, finally rising our life-saving capabilities. All adoptable cats at Cat Café Maui come from Maui Humane Society, so by adopting from Cat Cafe Maui, you’re saving Maui’s cats in want.
“The opening of Cat Cafe Maui marks the first experiential concept of this kind at Queen Ka‘ahumanu and we love the idea of combining retail and café space with animal therapy, education, and potentially helping our community’s cat overpopulation,” stated QKC Basic Supervisor Kauwela Bisquera within the opening announcement.
“The reception so far has been great. I don’t know what’s more fun–watching the cats, or watching the people watch the cats,” stated McCargar.
As soon as it will get settled, Cat Cafe Maui may also host occasions like Kitty Yoga, Film Nights, instructional occasions story time, artwork lessons, and ultimately birthday celebration packages.
“We love helping animals and making people smile,” stated Cat Cafe Maui founder and Maui Cat Rescue govt director, Moriah Diamond. “We are also equally committed to using this space as a means to bring awareness about cats on the island and educate our community about responsible pet ownership.”
Extra: Cat Cafe Maui is the for-profit arm of nonprofit, Maui Cat Rescue. Maui Cat Rescue’s mission is to facilitate adoptions of homeless cats on Maui and restrict overpopulation. Maui Cat Rescue fosters cats, offers them with excessive stage care, and facilitates adoptions via its cat lounge, a heat and welcoming house the place friends can come to spend time with cats, calm down and rejuvenate and probably undertake. The cat cafe additionally hosts and offers instructional packages and actions for the general public. For extra info, go to www.mauicatrescue.org.