Be careful where you sit at this cafe. The seat may already be taken by a feline.
Cats curl on up the chairs, lounge in corners and patrol his shelves as they roam freely in Catfe Lounge in Ferndale. Founded in 2015, and believed to be the first of its kind in Michigan, the cafe functions as a cozy place for potential pet parents to adopt cats. Catfe is a part of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, a nonprofit cat rescue organization.
Visitors are encouraged to pet, brush and play with the cats to learn their different personalities. Volunteers look after the cats and the cafe.
Catfe is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. Hot beverages and snacks are self-serve and also are free.
Kat Zick volunteers every other week and said Catfe staff screen potential cat adopters. This can include home visits as well as an interview.
Two-year volunteer Julie Brennan said her favorite part of working at Catfe is putting animals in a home. All six of her cats started as foster pets in her home, and now live permanently with her and her dog.
Wayne State University freshman Elizabeth Searcy stopped in on a recent Saturday with her friend, Tuhfatul Tasnim. Searcy said the space is great after a stressful day of class.
Cafe Lounge is open every day except Tuesday from now to 5 p.m.