A CAT cafe owner is helping to rehome unwanted kitties by offering customers a coffee and a kitty to go!
So far, 11 cats have found loving new homes and Sarah currently has two adorable kittens with her for the next four weeks until they are ready to meet their new owners.
Sarah said: “The idea to re-home cats through the cafe came about when I helped with some fundraising to pay for a cat to have an operation and decided I wanted to do more.
“So I asked Feline Friends about rehoming cats through the cafe and they agreed. The cats who come here are friendly and settled around lots of people.
“I feel that because they meet so many people, it can be easier to rehome them and it means the charity can help more cats as it frees up space for them.
“We have information about the rescue cats so people can learn about them and if they decide they would like to adopt them, the necessary checks are then carried out.”
Sarah set up her business two years ago after visiting QiLin Cat Café in China. She spent two years researching and planning the project along with a support team from Newcastle University.
She quit her job in marketing to open the cafe on the city’s Quayside, and it’s now home to her own cats Alfie, Betty, Chocolate, Darvin, Eddy, Flora, Hugo and Iva.
The cats live in the cafe and have a bedroom and relaxing room if they need some quiet time, and Sarah watches them on CCTV when the cafe closes.
Visitors pay £5 plus the cost of any drinks and food and are a mix of people who want a cat in their life but can’t have one, like students or people in rented accommodation, and cat owners who love being around other moggies!
She says that customers have applauded the work she’s doing with the rescue animals.
Sarah said: “The children in particular love hearing the stories about the rescue cats. It’s a nice place for them to live before they are matched with their new families and we feel we are doing something to help cats too.”
Gillian Connor from Feline Friends added: “Rehoming the cats through Sarah’s cafe has been marvellous because it makes such a difference when people can meet the cats.
“You can only see so much from a photo but in real life, it’s easy to fall in love with them. It’s unusual for a charity to have a shop window like this, and we’re very grateful.”