Cat café coming soon
The Shabby Tabby cat café plans to open up shop at a to-be-announced Main Street location in Patchogue Village. Earlier this weekend, owner Ryan Shea, 36, of the Patchogue area held a pop-up shop kitten party at the Paper Doll Curiosity Shoppe.
The idea is simple — coffee and kittens with the ultimate goal of finding forever homes. Originally, Shea said she slowly began becoming involved in helping out at local shelters, volunteering with rescues and becoming in love with the “cat world.” Then after visiting a few similar shops in Colorado and New York City, she said she knew Long Island needed a cat café. “There are so many shelters and cats that need homes,” she said, hoping to provide a more relaxed space for those interested in adopting and for cats and kittens in need of a home. Due to strict food laws, she said the café will only serve coffee and some prepackaged snacks, but will also host events like paint nights and yoga as well as sell T-shirts and other items. Shabby Tabby, she said, is partnered with the Golden Paw Society through which all the adoptable cats will be provided and cared for. Shea hopes to open sometime this summer. For more information or to donate, visit the Shabby Tabby Facebook page and follow links to the Kickstarter.
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