Kitty Cafe Leeds welcomes 50,000 visitors in first five months

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Leeds' first cat cafe is looking back on a successful first five months of trading.

Kitty Cafe on Kirkgate has welcomed an astonishing 50,000 cat-loving visitors since opening in December.
Customers have even come from as far afield as the USA to meet the resident cats.

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Around 35 kitties live in the cafe and its attached rescue accommodation, and all are up for adoption, with potential owners able to interact with the cats before offering them a home.

So far, 20 of the cats which have passed through Kitty Cafe via local adoption charities have found new homes.

Owner Kate Charles-Richards has now set up a new rescue website using the Kitty Cafe branding.

Kitty Cafe Rescue is a UK-wide operation which lists cats in need of a re-homing and matches them with adoptive families free of charge.

The website's mission statement says:

"Our mission is to make sure that every kitty, regardless of its situation, finds a loving home and has a long and healthy life. Kitty Cafe uses its high street presence not only to promote and facilitate the rescue and rehoming of cats in the community, local rescues and abandoned cats, but to set the best practice standards by ensuring that all of our kitties have all of their vet care taken care of at our own expense."

Kitty Cafe also has a site in Nottingham, and Kate is planning further expansion in future.

The Leeds cafe was fully booked until February as soon as it announced its opening date last autumn.

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