Northeast Wisconsin is set to get their very first cat cafe! The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe will open in Grand Chute in July. Pawffee Shop’s tagline says it all: Cats, Coffee, Comfort. How is that for life goals? We love it!
Pawffee Shop is the brainchild of Leah Enking and Elizabeth Feldhausen, who is also the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay. If Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary rings a bell, you may recall the delightful viral story of the shelter volunteer who naps with the cats. The Pawfee Shop will foster Safe Haven cats from nearby Green Bay, extending the adoptable pool of pet parents to the Fox Valley area.
The Pawffee Shop is the natural extension of the area’s Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. The Green Bay sanctuary stops just short of being a full on cat cafe. In fact, we’re a little torn as to whether we should put them on the cat cafe map. They have comfy seating, serve cold drinks, and let people to bring in their own drinks. Folks come in to hang out with the cats, even nap. Make a donation and you even get free wi-fi. In an interview with Community Cats Podcast, Elizabeth Feldhausen remarked,
“You would think that there would be nose prints all over the windows, but it’s actually people face prints! Everybody that walks by presses their face up against the glass, and the cats love it.”
The Pawffee Shop has secured a super convenient location near the Fox River Mall and the Timbler Rattlers Stadium. No doubt they will be popular with nearby Fox Valley Technical College students.