So far, over 30 cats from the bookstore have been adopted.
When most of us want to adopt a kitten, we head over to a shelter. But, have you ever considered going to a bookstore to adopt one? Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee is a bookstore just outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, and they've come up with a brilliant scheme to convince people to adopt cats. When you go into the bookstore to browse the shelves and sip on a brew, you're going to notice that there are several adorable kittens roaming around the space.
Ellen Helmke, the bookstore's owner, told Narcity that there are several kittens and “usually a mama cat as well” in the shop at any given time. But the bookstore kittens aren’t just passersby brought in from the cold, they are from the South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia rescue group. If you happen to visit Otis & Clementine’s and see a feline friend whom you absolutely adore and would like to take it home, then you need to act fast. “All the kittens are in and out fairly quickly, as they are adopted,” Helmke explained.
Before you pick one up and walk out the door, you need to be aware of the various steps in the adoption process. South Paw Conservation manages everything and it costs CAD 255 CAD (or USD 194) to adopt a kitten. The adoption fee covers everything, including any medical expenses. What’s more, future pet owners also need to provide references before they get to take their new baby home.
Helmke is said to have started the kitten adoption program when she realized that the bookstore had ample space for these cuties to walk around. So far, over 30 cats from the bookstore have been adopted. And there's no doubt that this number will rise. “People come here specifically to see the cats, and then some people just wander in to look at books and discover there are kittens,” she told Global News. “Either way, the response has been really great—I mean, who doesn’t love kittens, right?”
“We have a hundred percent adoption rate, which is fantastic," she added. “I’m so happy to make my customers happy when they come in and they’re just thrilled to see a kitten they weren’t expecting… It’s amazing and makes me happy to come to work.” A representative of South Paw Conservation commented to Bored Panda, “Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee is one of many loving foster homes that provide an enriching environment for our kittens and cats. It’s amazing to have this unique platform to help home our kitties.”