GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) — Cat cafes continue to grow in popularity both across the country and around the world.
The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe gives people in Northeast Wisconsin the chance to enjoy coffee and cats right in their backyard.
Approximately 40 cats are being sheltered or fostered through Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay.
“Safe Haven is actually getting to the point where we’re full all the time,” said Elizabeth Feldhausen, founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. “So, for me, having an extra space that Safe Haven cats can go live in and be adopted from will help us out quite a bit.”
That extra space will be in a building on North Casaloma Drive in Grand Chute between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Stadium and the Fox River Mall. It is the future site of the Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe.
“It’s almost going to be like two side-by-side businesses. One side will be the coffee shop, and one side will be the cat sanctuary,” said Feldhausen. “They will be equal in size, and then down the middle, it will be just a giant window wall. So, it will be like when you get a coffee, you can look into a fish tank of cats, essentially.”
Co-owner of the Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe, Feldhausen says a portion of the money made at the new business will come back to Green Bay to help with the medical costs of the cats at Safe Haven.
“We’re going to be available to do bridal parties, baby showers. We’ll be able to rent out the cafe area and have some events that will be coming up,” she said.
While the cats will likely draw in large crowds of people, Feldhausen wants the atmosphere to be therapeutic for both visitors and those cats in search of their forever homes.
“In Wisconsin, in our area, there’s never going to be a shortage of cats that need homes or need shelter.”
Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe will be under construction for the next month. Feldhausen hopes to welcome customers by mid-July.