Fairborn will soon have something to purrrr about.
StreetCats, a volunteer-driven organization, is planning to open a “cat cafe” at 14 N. Third St. in downtown Fairborn.
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The cafe/cat resource center is part of a tactical approach between the city and several agencies to address the community’s stray and homeless cat population.
It will allow people a chance to play with cats, Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson said in the recent Facebook Live message he delivered while covered in purring cats and kittens.
“It is not only a fun thing, but also a very important thing we are trying to do,” Anderson said in the video. “Fairborn is getting creative.”
The cat cafe is set to open in January with the hope to expand to a larger space in the future.
In addition to cats, there will be art classes, yoga and free WiFi, plus coffee and baked goods.
Anderson said the cat cafe is a way to address the city’s on-going issues with homeless and stray cats in a humane way.
The organization will help find new homes for displaced house cats and offer services that will allow cats to be dropped off to be neutered and released, said Anderson, a self-proclaimed “cat person.”
“StreetCats aims to become a lightning rod for change, a clearinghouse for information and a creative place to connect interested community members,” an email to this news organization from Anderson said.
StreetCats will be housed in city-owned property near that city’s kitchen incubator and a co-working space in the former site of Roush's Restaurant.
The initiative has the support of a number of animal groups, Elisabeth Fitzhugh of Blue’s Mews Siamese Cat Rescues told this news organization.
“I am actually thrilled by what (Anderson) is doing,” she said.