Cat City Cafe extends into Oakland

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Hibaru Ogawa pats a cat while visiting the newly decorated Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California. Saturday November 15, 2014. Cat Town serves as both a coffee shop and a cat adoption center and is the first of its kind in the United States states.
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Oakland’s Stephanie Hatch pours water to prepare freshly brewed coffee for customers at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California.
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Macaroons with frosted cat faces are on display at the newly refurbished Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Play with cats at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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This photo, taken Nov. 6, 2014, shows signs at an entrance to the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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At the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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At the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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At the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Concord’s Trish Pulido (left), with help from Concord’s Kelly Whitney, selects a Cat Town Cafe sweatshirt at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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San Francisco-based Leeanne Goodrich plays with a cat at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Hayward’s Grace Polichar pats a cat while visiting the newly refurbished Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Oakland’s Kyle Graves pats a cat while visiting the newly opened Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Oakland’s Kyle Graves pats a cat while visiting the newly opened Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Los Angeles-based Alex Sternin plays with cats while visiting the newly launched Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Concord’s Kelly Whitney plays with a cat at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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People who go to the newly launched Cat Town Cafe in Oakland with their peers.
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Oakland’s Jennifer Coryell plays with a cat at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Oakland’s Jennifer Coryell plays with a cat at the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Martin Sweet, woodworker at The Hammersmith Guild in Oakland, is putting the finishing touches to the structures he built for the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Samantha Schultz, 4, from San Francisco, shyly plays with a cat while visiting the newly launched Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Samantha Schultz (left) (4) and Cassidy Schultz (7) play with a cat in the newly decorated Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Kailey Sullivan, 9, from San Rafael, colors herself in a cat cutout while visiting the newly refurbished Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Chris Salij from San Francisco plays with a cat in the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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Kailey Sullivan, 9, from San Rafael, holds the cat Filbert while he visits the newly established Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.
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tumblr_ndb2uq8Kzg1tr2atto1_1280With the most important measuring stick, Cat Town Cafe was a complete success. The cafe cat hybrid adoption center, the first in the United States, has found a home for 184 cats since its debut on the Broadway car line last October, according to co-owner Adam Myatt. This has helped reduce euthanasia at Cat Town’s partner Oakland Animal Services shelter from 41 percent to 21 percent.

However, a significant portion of that 21 percent exists of orphaned kittens that require special attention (including bottle feeding) and dedicated space that requires resources that Cat Town cannot always provide. That’s why, while already on a tight budget, Myatt and partner Ann Dunn have taken the plunge into expanding into the former Inkwell tattoo parlor next door on 2863 Broadway.

“When the landlord approached us with the offer, we said: ‘No, we are not interested in an expansion, we have hardly any control over it! ‘“Myatt laughs. “But we knew if we didn’t, someone else would come in and take it. And it’s a great opportunity to do more for this kitten population and younger shy cats that need more attention. “

PARTYACCT_Tiny-55561f2f92b7fThe plan next door provides another area for the “cat zone”, where potential adopters can mingle with adopters, and a special area where the more maintenance-intensive kittens can take a break from humans and other cats if necessary. Myatt and Dunn hope to partially fund the move by adding to the cafe side of the operation, adding more coffee drinks, hot food, and a little more space for cafe-goers who are not necessarily interested in adopting cats rest and work.

The aim is to present both the expanded adoption area and the new café menu in time for the charitable organization’s one-year anniversary in October. As an additional source of capital, Cat Town becomes one Kittens & cocktails Fundraiser on June 19th at Apparel Arts in downtown Oakland. CLICK HERE for more information and to donate and receive your tickets ($ 50). Kittens are quite a worthy thing, after all.

Cat Town Café: 2869 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 891-1100, cattowncafe.com.

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