Sacramento County animal shelter opens ‘Catfe’ to promote adult cat adoptions

Folks looking to add a feline to the family can get acquainted with candidates for adoption in the comfort of the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter's “Catfe.”

Animal shelter staff and volunteers see the new venue as a way to promote adult cat adoptions, according to a county news release.

The cat habitat at the shelter’s entrance can comfortably accommodate several people, allowing them to sip free coffee, tea or hot chocolate as their socialize with adult cats.

“Kittens are usually the first of the felines to be adopted at the shelter, and while they may be small and cute to begin with, kittens don’t stay kittens for very long; they grow up and become adults,” Dave Dickenson, shelter director, said in a written statement. “The Catfe is a wonderful way for people to spend time with and see firsthand the benefits of adopting an adult cat.”

Adult cats typically are litter-box trained and understand the concept of approval and reward, according to shelter officials. People adopting full-grown cats know the animal’s size and coat length, and have a good idea of its temperament.

The Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s Catfe, at 3839 Bradshaw Road, is open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.