2015 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice
Best Kitty Hookup
Cat Town Café and Adoption Center
When my mom drove me from Berkeley to the edge of Uptown Oakland, I didn’t know what to expect from America’s first cat cafe. I nibbled a croissant in the swanky cafe until it was time to enter the Cat Zone. But when a tiny tuxedo kitten rubbed against my legs, I quickly forgot all about my food. Nearly 200 feline friends have been adopted here since the cafe—co-founded by Ann Dunn and Adam Myatt—opened in October. “I wanted to create an environment where the cats would be out of cages, where they could have fun while they were waiting for a home, and people could meet them and see who they really are,” Dunn said on a recent visit. Dunn started Cat Town as a nonprofit rescue in 2011 with fellow volunteers from the Oakland Animal Shelter; about 200 volunteers now help foster cats and run the cafe. Instead of terrified cats in cages, you get to meet relaxed, happy cats and experience their true personalities—better for the cats and the peeps.