Rescue organization opens cat cafe in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Meet Willa, an eight-month-old tabby rescue who's been through so much in her young life. She lost a leg in the February snowstorm and now needs a home.

"She needed to have her leg removed," cat lover Cate Osbourne told PIX11. "She's a tripod. She gets along great and she's available for adoption at the cat cafe."

Willa is one of dozens and dozens of rescue felines you can play with, and possibly adopt, at Brooklyn's first permanent cat cafe, 149 Atlantic Avenue, run by the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.

"Our goal is ultimately not only for people to be with the cats and learn about the rescue community," Anne Levin, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, told PIX11, "but also to get cats adopted."

For $5 for a half hour, and free for children under three, guests can sip sodas and frolic with pres-creened, adoptable felines in a setting cat lovers might call the cat's meow.

At this weekend's opening party, there was a standup comedienne talking about the difference between dog people and cat people.

"If you're comfortable with a small animal judging you all the time," then you're a cat person," Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR Ask Me Anything told PIX11. "These cats you can adopt are like 'you figure it out.' Dogs would be like 'me, me, me.'".

Some of these feline lovers came just to cuddle.

Jean Bubley of Park Slope already has ten cats, but fell in love with yet another who  needs a home.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe is open Wednesday through Friday 3 p.m., to 7 p.m, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m., to 7 p.m.

To find out more about adoptions, you can go to the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition website,