At this Wilton Manors cafe, visitors have to watch where they step or sit.
Furry tails abound everywhere, thanks to eight cats that lounge on a sofa, table, book shelf and the floor. The felines roam freely at the Good Luck Cat Cafe, which offers coffee, drinks, snacks and a place to cuddle and adopt cats.
The cafe opened two years ago inside Boomerangs Thrift Store, 2365 Wilton Dr. You have to walk to the back of the store and through French doors to find the cat area.
“We are still unfortunately the best kept secret in Broward,” said volunteer Ellen Sukenik as cats brushed up against visitors’ legs on a recent Wednesday afternoon. About 30 volunteers rotate shifts to care for the cats, which are rescues from Good Karma Pet Rescue and the Lady Luck Animal Rescue. Adoptions at the cafe cost $75 and include spay, neutering, microchip and shots.
In all, 127 cats have been adopted. Their photos fill a framed collage over the cafe’s doorway.
But you don’t have to adopt a cat to visit. People can come and hang out.
“It’s a way for people to interact with the cats in a more homey environment than walking around and seeing them in cages,” said Laura Summers, another volunteer at the cafe, which sells K-cups starting at $2, canned soda and water for $1 and snack bars for $1.
Fort Lauderdale resident Kathleen Cohn stopped by.
“I wanted to see what it was like,” said Cohn who has a 15-year-old tuxedo cat. As she petted a black kitten named Bo, Cohn said “it’s a cool place. The cats are great.”
The cat cafe concept is spreading in South Florida. This month, the Cat Cafe South Beach is expected to open at 1423 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. That cafe, which will feature 30 cats from the city, sells goods from Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters in Boynton Beach, Honeybee Doughnuts in South Miami and Cindy Lou's Cookies in Miami. A glass partition separates the cat area called “Purradise” from the coffee bar area.