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First American pop-up cat cafe opens in New York

Thursday, 24 Apr, 2014 - 01:09

April 24 - Cappuccinos mix with kitties at the Big Apple's cat cafe - but don't be caught catnapping - the feline fun lasts only four days. Tara Cleary reports.

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New York City has joined the cat café craze. Pet care company Purina, teamed up with one of the world's largest rescue and adoption organizations, North Shore Animal League America to create the continent's first pop-up cat café - and it's not going to be around for long, says Purina's Niky Roberts. SOUNDBITE: Niky Roberts, Purina One Brand team, saying (English): "It lasts for four days and we're hoping that the conversations and the education that happens here lasts far beyond that." There are about 15 cats in the café, ranging in age from five months to three years. And North Shore's Jayne Vitale hopes that besides enjoying some feline company over a cat'achino, customers will be in an adopting mood. SOUNDBITE: Jayne Vitale, outreach manager, North Shore Animal League America, saying (English): "We're actually hoping that all of these cats don't come back with us but that they find loving, permanent homes. And the message that Purina and North Shore want people to know is -- there's beautiful pets at your local shelter and how important it is to adopt, and not to shop." The Cat Café is in Manhattan's Lower East Side and is open until April 27th.

First American pop-up cat cafe opens in New York

Thursday, 24 Apr, 2014 - 01:09

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