FAQs

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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.

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, the rescue group that runs the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, 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.

Which cats are at the cafe?

You can find pictures and descriptions of all cafe cats here and click “at cafe”. 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?

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. We are always happy to expand our foster network – please submit an application to get started. Learn more about our foster program here.

How do I adopt a cat?

All of our cats besides our mascot, Newt, are available for adoption. Read more about our adoption process here. Please keep in mind that we do not do same day adoptions. The rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbil are also adoptable.

 

Can I volunteer with you? Can my child 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. 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 events@catcafebk.com

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 if you have a specific item that you would like to donate.

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 do not bring the cat to the cafe — contact BBAWC directly 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.

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.

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.

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, the rescue group that runs the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, 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.

Which cats are at the cafe?

You can find pictures and descriptions of all cafe cats here and click “at cafe”. 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?

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. We are always happy to expand our foster network – please submit an application to get started. Learn more about our foster program here.

How do I adopt a cat?

All of our cats besides our mascot, Newt, are available for adoption. Read more about our adoption process here. Please keep in mind that we do not do same day adoptions. The rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbil are also adoptable.

 

Can I volunteer with you? Can my child 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. 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 events@catcafebk.com

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 if you have a specific item that you would like to donate.

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 do not bring the cat to the cafe — contact BBAWC directly 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.

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.