If you’re in Canada and you want to adopt a cute feline companion, animal shelters aren’t your only option. You can also try this bookstore! This bookstore named Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee is located just outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the staff is trying their best to encourage people to adopt pets instead of buying them. It’s impossible to notice that the store is full of cute kitties when you’re browsing for something to read or having a cup of coffee!
The fluffballs usually spend their time playing around or sleeping among the books. You are free to adopt any cat you want in the bookstore and give them a loving home.
We have to admit the bookstore is actually heaven on earth since it combines coffee, cats, and books! Here’s a sneak peek of the cuties in the store:
According to the bookstore owner Ellen Helmke, you can find several kittens and usually a mama cat in the bookstore any time!
The cats in the bookstore aren’t just the cats they took in to protect from the cold. Some of them are also provided by the South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia rescue group. Look how adorable they are!
If you happen to visit the bookstore and see a cat that you like, you better act quickly when it comes to adopting it since the cats usually get adopted very quickly so you may not see the same cat on your second visit!
The adoption procedure isn’t about picking one and going out the door, though. South Paw conservation deals with everything and it costs 255 Canadian dollars (or 194 US dollars) to adopt one of the kittens.
The adoption fee covers everything such as the vet bills for vaccination, spaying, and neutering, etc. The future cat owners also need to show references before picking up their favorite cat and bringing it home. The bookstore has managed to find homes for 30 cats so far.
This adoption project was started by Helmke last year when she realized she has enough space in the shop for kitties.
They managed to find forever homes for 30 kittens as of yet, and they’re hopeful that this number will rise. Helmke said, “Some people come here specifically for the cats, while others realize them when they’re browsing the books.
Either way, people love that we have cats around the reaction we’re getting is very positive.” “We managed to find homes for all the kittens we had, isn’t that awesome?” “I’m so happy to see the faces of people when they just come to the store for books and then realize the cats and get so happy. It makes me love my job.” One of the fluffballs in the store
We also managed to learn more about the activities of South Paw Conservation of Nova Scotia. Apparently, just this month, they managed to rescue 3 kittens, 4 cats, 6 puppies, and 2 dogs! “Otis & Clementine’s Books & Coffee is only one of the foster homes that provide a safe and cozy environment for our cats and kittens.
We’re more than happy to have this amazing store to help our kitties get adopted,” said a representative of South Paw Conservation. “We rescued 30 puppies in 2019 from the Bahamas and Antigua and more than 50 kittens and cats locally.
We’re hoping the attention we’re getting thanks to Otis & Clementine’s will help us find homes, provide medical care, food, and other things the cats need through donations, and spay/neuter even more cats in our area in 2020.” The group’s representative also stated that all of their cats and kittens are checked by a vet, vaccinated, feline leukemia tested, and dewormed at least when they’re old enough.
The adoption process is also not about going home with any cat you like since the group is aiming to find the best possible home for their cats. “While some cats require a peaceful, calm space, others can be a bit more playful even though they enjoy snuggling up during their sleepy times.” The rescue group is also helping animals outside of Nova Scotia as well.
They managed to help lots of animals and also people on their trip to Antigua, and they’re fundraising to cover their travel expenses and bills for the next trips.
You can see how people reacted to this project below: