Metro cat café helps find homes for more than 400 felines

Thanks to a cat café in the metro, more than 430 cats were adopted last year. As the owner of Coffee Cats celebrates the company’s first anniversary, she said the work she has done to connect the cats to their eternal home has been rewarding. The former psychologist wanted to change his career. After months of research, Iowa’s first cat café was born. “I just decided I would try,” said owner Mary Jankowski. She managed to open the store in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coffee Cats has partnered with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to give the cats a home. Friendly or spirited, the project has helped more than 430 cats find new homes. “We get more cats than dogs, so this has helped tremendously,” said Tom Calvin, CEO of ARL. “Finding these outlets where people have the opportunity to see these animals, see these cats in a really relaxed atmosphere, really helps them find a home.” Jankowski may have quit her job as a psychiatrist, but she knows she’s still helping her community. She said if she bonded just one cat to its owner it made a difference. “People have reacted very positively to it,” said Jankowski. “Even when it comes to petting the cats and giving them some attention and socialization, it was really important.” Coffee Cats always offers adoptions during business hours. This week they will be offering a “Name Your Price” option to bring cats into a forever home.

Thanks to a cat café in the metro, more than 430 cats were adopted last year.

As the owner of Coffee Cats celebrates the company’s first anniversary, she said the work she has done to connect the cats to their eternal home has been rewarding.

The former psychologist wanted to change his career. After months of research, Iowa’s first cat café was born.

“I just decided I would try,” said owner Mary Jankowski.

She managed to open the store in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coffee Cats has partnered with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to give the cats a home.

Friendly or spirited, the project has helped more than 430 cats find new homes.

“We get more cats than dogs, so this has helped tremendously,” said Tom Calvin, CEO of ARL. “Finding these outlets where people have the chance to see these animals, seeing these cats in a really relaxed atmosphere, really helps them find a home.”

Jankowski may have quit her job as a psychologist, but she knows she’s still helping her community. She said if she bonded just one cat to its owner it made a difference.

“People have reacted very positively to it,” said Jankowski. “Also when it comes to petting the cats and giving them some attention and socialization, it was really important.”

Coffee Cats always offers adoptions during business hours. This week they will be offering a “Name Your Price” option to bring cats into a forever home.