FAQ’s

You have questions, we have answers

What is the Brooklyn Cat Cafe?

We are a non-profit animal rescue working to reduce animal homelessness through adoption, education, TNR and outreach run by the animal rescue group Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.

Do you serve food and drinks?

We don’t have any human snacks at this time, but we make up for that with treats for the cats.

How does the Brooklyn Cat Cafe work?

Come and hang out, play, and cuddle with our adoptable cats and kittens. Admission is $10 per person per half hour. Children under 3 years-old are free. All visitors must complete an electronic waiver before each visit.

What is your Covid protocol?

Please wear a mask over your nose and mouth for your entire visit.

Do I need to have a reservation to come to the cafe?

It’s not required, but we definitely suggest making a reservation as otherwise we can’t guarantee we’ll have space when you arrive. You should also fill out your waiver prior to your arrival so you can speed right to the fun part, cats!

How is the Brooklyn Cat Cafe different from the other cat cafes in NYC?

Brooklyn Cat Cafe is the only cat cafe in NYC that is owned and operated by a local, non-profit, 501c3 animal rescue organization with a focus on supporting animal rescuers and owners. We work to increase awareness and provide more accessible resources to pet owners and rescuers. All profits from the cafe go to our animal rescue and outreach work.

How many animals have you helped since opening?

We have rescued over 5,000 cats and more than 100 other animals including dogs, guinea pigs, rats, rabbits, mice and a chicken. Well over 3,000 animals have been placed in permanent adoptive homes and over 800 cats have been TNRed.

Can I bring my cat to play?

Nope! All the animals at the cafe have been fully vetted and screened for health and behavior issues to ensure that they will fit in with the other animals and human visitors and are available for adoption.

Where do your cats come from?

All over! Some come from city shelters, some are found on the street, and others have been given up by their former owners. BBAWC is a collective of rescuers who focus on different neighborhoods, but they are rescuing cats in all five boroughs.

Why do some of your cats have eartips?

An eartip indicates that a cat was spayed or neutered as part of a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) project. Sometimes, it’s not clear before surgery that a stray cat is friendly and wants to remain indoors, so they receive an eartip with the plan to be returned. If during the recovery period they change their tune, rescuers try to find indoor accommodations.

I found a cat that needs help – can I bring them to the cafe?

We are not a traditional shelter and are not set up to accept found or unwanted cats. Please contact BBAWC directly [link to help email] to see how they can help.

I can’t keep my cat – can you take it?

No, you aren’t able to drop off your cat at the cafe. Please contact BBAWC directly for resources.

What if the cat is in danger or needs emergency veterinary care?

Bring the cat to ACC. If you physically present the cat, they are required to take them. ACC will not euthanize the cat unless it is past help and suffering.

I need help finding low-cost veterinary care, what should I do?

Please contact BBAWC directly for resources.

What cats are at the cafe?

You can find pictures and descriptions of all cafe cats on our Meet the cats page. We try our best to keep the listings and locations current, but as our adoption process moves quickly and some cats need breaks from the cafe lifestyle, there is a chance that a cat listed at the cafe has already been adopted or moved to a foster home.

What veterinary treatment have the cats in the cafe had?

All of our cafe residents have been examined at least once by a vet, dewormed, treated for fleas, microchipped, fully vaccinated (FVRCP/Rabies), tested for FIV/FeLV and spayed or neutered if old enough.

Can I foster cats from the cafe?

We are always happy to expand our foster network – please submit an application to get started. In general, the cats at the cafe are not available for fostering as cafe residents have already graduated from our foster program. We do, however, have many other lovely cats and kittens looking for temporary homes. Learn more about fostering here.

Can I take a cat home during my visit?

We don’t do same day adoptions. Please submit an application – the average turnaround time for an application is under a week so you’ll have your furry friend soon enough!

How do I adopt a cat from the cafe?

Submit an application and tell us more about yourself and what kind of cat(s) you are looking for. If you’d like to meet the cat in person, and the cat you’re interested in is at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, please make a reservation and visit us during our open hours. If you are interested in a cat in a foster home, we will connect you with the foster family for a virtual meeting. Once your application is approved and you find your match, we will ask you to submit an adoption agreement and donation before bringing your new friend(s) home.

Do you have any British Shorthairs? Maine Coons? Russian Blues? Bengals?

Probably not, and we wouldn’t know if we did! As all of our cats are rescues and, no matter how much they may resemble a specific breed, we have no idea about their genetic makeup.

Do you have any hypoallergenic cats?

There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat. Some cats may affect you differently than others, but it’s unlikely that it has to do with the fur color or type of coat. There are things you can do to minimize your reaction, like using cat wipes to reduce dander or not letting the cat on the bed. If you’re concerned about allergies in your home, we suggest that you foster first! This gives everyone a chance to gauge their reaction with a “trial run.”

Can I adopt Newt?

No. Newt is the cafe mascot (although she prefers to go by Cafe Manager or Big Boss Lady) and is a mostly permanent member of the crew. Newt was rescued as an extremely sick kitten in 2014 and, although she made a remarkable recovery, she is still plagued with chronic health issues (which is why she may sneeze on you if you’re lucky).

Can I volunteer with you?

We are primarily staffed by volunteers and would love to have you involved although we are not always accepting new volunteers – the application is available here.

Can my child volunteer with you?

At this time, we can only accommodate volunteers over the age of 18, but we look forward to offering additional opportunities in the future.

Can I do a private event?

Yes! Please email ???

Can I bring donations?

In general, we are only able to accept unopened food, secure carriers and unused cat toys. We can only accept linen and bedding during specific times. Please email donations if you have a specific item that you would like to donate.

I’m an independent animal rescuer – how can I connect with you?

So great to meet you! Please email help to learn more about our low-cost vet services, spay/neuter clinic, courtesy postings or other matters.

How is the Brooklyn Cat Cafe different from the other cat cafes in NYC?

Brooklyn Cat Cafe is the only cat cafe in NYC that is owned and operated by a local, non-profit, 501c3 animal rescue organization with a focus on supporting animal rescuers and owners. We work to increase awareness and provide more accessible resources to pet owners and rescuers. All profits from the cafe go to our animal rescue and outreach work.

1. Can I bring my cat to play?

Unfortunately, no. We are a non-profit cat rescue center. All the cats at the cafe are available for adoption and have been screened for health and behavior issues to ensure that they will fit in with the other cats and human visitors. We are not set up to include your cat/dog in the mix.

2. I found a cat/need to give up my cat. Can I bring him/her to the cafe?

We’re sorry, but we are not set up to accept found/unwanted cats at the cafe because we need to ensure that the cafe cats are not exposed to new and dangerous germs. We suggest you contact the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition directly to see how they can help.

3. So how does your cat cafe work?

You come over to our space and hang out, play and cuddle with our adoptable cats and kittens. Admission is $7 per half hour for walk-ins, $6 per half hour for reservations. Children under 3 years old are free. All visitors must complete a waiver before entering.

4. Do I need to have a reservation to come to the cafe?

We do not require a reservation to visit the cafe and we leave some space for non-reservation visitors at each time slot. However, we cannot guarantee access to the cafe without a reservation and there may be a wait to get in. To book a reservation you can select a time on our reservation page.

5. Is this a real cafe? Can I order food or coffee? Can I bring food in from outside?

While we do not prepare any food at the cafe, we do sell yummy pre-packaged drinks, treats and snacks. We do not permit outside food or drinks in the cafe.

6. What else is there to do at the cafe?

Should you decide that playing with the cats in the cafe is not enough entertainment, you can also visit with the cafe turtles (Henry & Eleanor) and the cafe rats (Emile and Remy). Don’t forget to check out the mom and nursing kittens! We also have a small nook set up for children with a chalkboard table and some books and games.

  • In addition to the public cafe hours we also have movie nights for both adults and children. Come watch a fun flick under a pile of cats!
  • Yoga classes are available on some weekends. Under observation from curious cats you can attempt to stretch your body into positions that cats assume with ease and grace.
  • Classes, lectures and other events are also scheduled on various evenings. These classes cover topics about animal health and ownership as well as local history and wildlife.

More information about the various events at the cafe can be found on our Events page.

7. How is the Brooklyn Cat Cafe different from the other cat cafes in NYC?

All cat cafes celebrate how wonderful cats are and provide opportunities to play and cuddle with cats. Brooklyn Cat cafe is the only cat cafe in NYC that is owned and operated by a local, non-profit, 501c3 animal rescue organization. As such, in addition to providing the cafe for visiting, watching movies and hanging out with cats, we also focus on outreach to the local community. We work to increase awareness of resources available to pet owners and rescuers. We work with local schools to provide opportunities for school children to visit and learn about the animals who live among us. We partner with students and educational programs to provide opportunities to create self-study projects and complete assignments. Finally, we have outreach programs to work with survivors of trauma in animal assisted therapy programs. All profits from the cafe go to our animal rescue and outreach work.

You can find out more information about these programs on our website as well as learn about opportunities for you to help and contribute.

8. What cats are at the cafe?

You can find pictures and descriptions of all cafe cats on our Meet the cats page.

9. How do I adopt a cat from the cafe?

Come down to the cafe and meet our cats.  Then you can complete an application and schedule a time s/he can be brought home.  For more information check out our adoptions page.

10. Where do your cats come from?

Our cats come from all over. Some come from city shelters, some are found on the street and others have been given up by their former owners. None of our animals have been purchased from a breeder and we strongly encourage saving lives by adopting from shelters rather than supporting for-profit breeders whose practices are unregulated and vary widely.

11. What veterinary treatment have the cats in the cafe had?

All cats have been seen by a veterinarian, are up to date on vaccines (for their age), tested for felv/fiv, microchipped and dewormed. If you end up adopting from the cafe, we will provide you with a list of local veterinarians who will provide a free or discounted exam to adopted pets.

12. I saw a great cat toy/treat at the cafe. Where can I buy one?

Some of our cat toys are available for purchase at the cafe itself. You can also purchase these items on our online marketplace.

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