May the Internet delight: Cats have taken over a small corner of Montreal.
Summer Geraghty’s cat cafe is busy enough on opening day that she has to take my call from an office in the back, away from the crowd noise. “We didn’t have a line out the door, but it’s going well,” she said.
Geraghty’s Café Venosa is named after her 16-year-old cat, which she rescued from the Montreal SPCA. She previously worked for the animal rescue organization for “five or six” years, advancing from volunteer to management over that time.
“I realized I had been thinking about [the cat cafe] for five years after hearing about them, so I started this one,” she said. Café Venosa is a vegan cafe and exhibition space that just happens to hold its cats as the guests of honor. The cats are adoptable, but the cafe is their home until someone fills out paperwork and takes one home. She thinks it might be the future for how animals are brought into a family home.