Spend a Purrfect Day at Kzoo Cat Cafe & Rescue
There’s just something about being around animals that lifts my kid’s spirits. If one of them is having a rough day, we find the first chance to play with furry friends and it works like magic.
If you’re looking for your cat fix or your next cuddly companion, Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue is the spot for you. Kalamazoo’s only cat cafe is home to over 30 adoptable rescue cats and kittens.
Visitors can enjoy a drink and snack while cuddling a calico in a relaxed environment. And if you fall in love with one of the cats, your family could have a new feline member.
How to Find Kzoo Cat Cafe & Rescue
Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue is located on West Michigan Avenue, near Western Michigan University’s main campus and Lovell Street Park. It’s less than five minutes from downtown Kalamazoo.
GPS sometimes struggles to find the cafe, so it’s suggested to take Lovell from Stadium and turn left on Eldred. The cafe shares a building with Jimmy John’s. Visitors are welcome to park in the parking lot or along the street.
Kzoo Cat Cafe’s New Digs
Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue is growing and will be moving into a new, larger space. Their new building is located at 4221 S Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo, just north of Kilgore. Grand re-opening date is TBD in 2022!
Your Visit at Kzoo Cat Cafe
Now that you’ve found the place, you can’t just walk in: Kzoo Cat Cafe requires all visitors to book a prepaid appointment online at least 24 hours in advance. You will also need a signed waiver for all visitors, including your kids. If your kids are bringing friends, their parents must complete the waivers.
Your appointment will include a fee of $10 per adult and $5 for anyone under 18 or with a student ID.
Tip: If you become a Cat Cafe regular, be sure to pick up the 9-Lives Punch Card: with this card, your tenth visit is free.
Time to Play with the Cats
Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue is Kalamazoo’s only cage-free shelter where visitors of all ages get to play with over 30 adoptable cats and kittens. This style of rescue ensures the cats are socialized and loved while waiting for their new homes.
The cats will be roaming the play area full of cat toys and climbing towers. You’ll be encouraged to play with the cats, give them treats and take pictures. It truly is a cat lover’s paradise.
Grab a Drink and Snack During Your Visit
Now that you’ve gotten checked in and started playing with the cats, help yourself to a tasty treat and drink. Whether you arrived hungry or worked up an appetite loving on the cats, there’s something at the cafe to please everyone’s taste buds.
Your group can choose from coffee, tea, pop, and bottled water. You know it’s a home run when there are good caffeine options for the adults and kid friendly options for those that don’t need any energy help.
All snacks are pre-packaged, and self-serve and tables are in the cafe to enjoy them.
How To Adopt Your New Best Friend
Let’s face it, my kids would adopt every cute and cuddly animal they see if we agreed. So if your kids are similar and fall in love with one of the cats, you could bring home your family’s new furry companion.
You can get to know the available cats at your cafe visit or view them online here. Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue has completed over 800 successful adoptions since opening in 2017.
The adoption fees range from $40-$150 and include spay/neuter surgery, microchip and registration, vaccination, flea treatment, and any other required veterinary care. Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue requires adopters to be over 21 and complete an adoption application.
Helpful Tips for Your Visit
- Book and prepay for your appointment online 24 hours ahead of time.
- A completed waiver is required for everyone prior to visiting the cafe.
- Guests are encouraged to remove shoes and wear socks to prevent illness from spreading.
- Pictures of the cats are welcomed. Kzoo Cat Cafe just asks for no flash.
- You can interact with the cats, but can’t pick them up.
- Masks are currently required while in the cafe.
- Other animals are not allowed inside the cafe.
Future Events at Kzoo Cat Cafe
The cafe isn’t currently hosting events due to the pandemic, but you can be looking forward to the following events in the future:
- Game Night on the last Friday of the month. Includes 4-6 players for $40.
- Private Lunch Monday-Friday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for up to 14 people for $100. Participants bring their own lunch.
- Private Party for two hours for up to 14 people. After hours party costs $150 and open hours party costs $200.
How to Support Kzoo Cat Cafe’s Nonprofit
There are a number of ways to help the Kzoo Cat Cafe care for their furry friends and find them homes:
1) Visit: Socializing the cats helps them get ready for their furever families.
2) Donate: Kzoo Cat Cafe has lists with Amazon, Chewy, and is established as a nonprofit on Patreon. Review their donation page for all of the many ways to help.
3) Buy their merch: Kzoo Cat Cafe has some pretty cool swag in their online shop to support their kitties.
4) Volunteer: If 18 or older, the Kzoo Cat Cafe can always use some extra hands to help with all of those paws. Complete a volunteer application here.
More Kalamazoo Animal Rescue & Support Agencies
Kzoo Cat Cafe is not the only local spot with furry companions. Visit these locations if searching for adoptable cats or dogs or ways to support animal adoptions:
2272 River St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
The Kalamazoo Humane Society is a non-sheltering organization that provides low cost spay and neuter, pet food and pet houses to prevent pets from needing shelter.
6955 W KL Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009
The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is a no-kill shelter, dedicated to working for the well-being of animals and creating an adoption-focused community in Southwest Michigan.