Animal-welfare organizations all over the Washington, D.C., area spend countless hours each year working at cat adoption events to find good "forever homes" for cats and kittens. Here’s a picture story of one such event, held by the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at the PetSmart store in Germantown, Md.
Volunteer Irene Lavorini said that many people think they can simply attend an MCSPCA cat adoption event and take home a cat, but that is not the case. Potential adopters must comply with the MCSPCA’s adoption rules, which help to ensure the best possible placement results. Potential adopters who see a cat at one event must wait until another event to take their new feline companion home. To see a schedule of upcoming cat adoption events, visit the Montgomery County SPCA's Web site.
Anyone who knows me knows that I really like coffee… and cats! Fortunately, I know of two places in the mid-Atlantic region that feature both — so I don’t have to choose!
Located at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, just outside Gettysburg Pennsylvania, Merlin’s Coffee features coffee drinks handmade by friendly, knowledgeable baristas. On a recent visit, I sampled the Peppermint Patty — a delicious peppermint/white chocolate latte.
The shop is decorated with an assortment of cute cat pictures, posters, and knick-knacks. Merlin’s roasts it own coffees, and each variety carries the name of a feline member of the family. There’s even a poster showing adoptable cats in the area. That’s because the shop owners support the Appalachian Cat Rescue. Merlin’s Coffee gives you a great excuse to stop by the mall when you’re traveling on US 15 in Pennsylvania!
Stray Cat Cafe
The Stray Cat Cafe in Arlington, Virginia, features cat-themed art and an extensive menu of items with names like Finicky Feline Dip, Nachos Gatos, and the Kit Kat Club. Coffee drinks include the Mocha Mania, made from “Seattle’s Best coffee blended with Breyer’s coffee ice cream, caramel and milk, topped with whipped cream.” Mmmm!
And, while you’re enjoying great eats and an urban vibe, you’ll also be helping animals. According to its website, the Stray Cat Cafe supports the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, which “rescues and places over a thousand abandoned dogs and cats each year.”
Be sure to take the Black Cat Cafe’s Virtual Tour, so you can get an idea of the fun they have in store for you!