April 24th, 2024

Redcliff Library hopes to unite cats with new home through cat cafe

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on February 22, 2024.

SPCA volunteer Linda Tooth poses with one of three felines to attend a cat cafe event at Redcliff Library on Wednesday afternoon.--NEWS PHOTO ANNA SMITH


The Redcliff Library hosted three feline friends for a few hours Wednesday afternoon in hopes of helping these shelter cats find a forever home.

The event boasted a larger turnout than usual, said Medicine Hat SPCA volunteer Linda Tooth.

“We had close to 80 people come in today, I really couldn’t have asked for this to go any better,” said Tooth. The cats were present for 2-4 p.m. and were allowed to free roam the conference room in order to meet library-goers.

Tooth added they have “fingers crossed” that the cats may have met their new families, as has happened at previous cat cafe events at both the Redcliff and Medicine Hat public libraries.

“One of the benefits of bringing them out is that you get them out of the shelter, and people can see how they interact,” said Tooth. “And it gives them a chance to just socialize. So my hope is with every cat cafe that we’ll see some adoptions take place.”

This cat cafe featured two adult cats, as well as one five-month-old kitten. Tooth expressed that while she doesn’t know what the criteria was for selecting the cats, she does hope to be able to bring more kittens out to future events.

“The kids and the kittens really seem to have a connection,” said Tooth. “But at the end of the day, I’m happy to bring out whoever the shelter wants to show off.”

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