Adoptable cat Tara is looking for her forever home through Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren. PAAW teamed up with West Bloomfield business Pet Valu to open the Meowtown Lounge inside of Pet Valu’s store. The lounge is a cat cafe where adoptable cats and potential owners can get to know each other.

Adoptable cat Tara is looking for her forever home through Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren. PAAW teamed up with West Bloomfield business Pet Valu to open the Meowtown Lounge inside of Pet Valu’s store. The lounge is a cat cafe where adoptable cats and potential owners can get to know each other.

Photo by Michelle Dimaria


West Bloomfield business teams up with nonprofit to open cat café

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 15, 2018

 Daphne is available for adoption from Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren.

Daphne is available for adoption from Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren.

Photo by Michelle Dimaria

 Kahuna is an adoptable cat currently with Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren.

Kahuna is an adoptable cat currently with Pet Adoption Alternatives of Warren.

Photo by Michelle Dimaria

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  For its first anniversary celebration of opening in West Bloomfield, a local business has teamed up with a nonprofit to help adopt out cats who need homes.

Pet Valu West Bloomfield is opening the Meowtown Lounge and Adoption Center inside the building at 33230 W. 14 Mile Road. 

Meowtown Lounge is a cooperative effort between Pet Valu and Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren, or PAAW, a nonprofit that adopts out cats and dogs. 

The lounge works like a “cat café,” bringing together cats and people in a comfortable, home-like environment so people can see how the cats act and get to know them before potentially adopting them.

“All the cats in the lounge will be available for adoption,” said Michelle Dimaria, president of PAAW. “People can come in and see what their true personality is like.” 

The lounge will host a number of cats in a comfortable space where people can come in, sit and hang out with the cats. 

Meowtown Lounge will just host cats for now, but Dimaria said dogs are not out of the question in the future. 

In the past, Pet Valu has cooperated with PAAW by referring customers interested in adopting animals to look there, but this is the first official venture between the two. 

“We love working with (PAAW) to adopt cats out,” said Wendy Montes, manager of Pet Valu West Bloomfield. “(In Meowtown) people can get acquainted with cats and see how they are. ... It’s hard to tell how they act until you put them in a room and see their true personality. It’s an exciting way to connect a cat owner with a cat.”

About eight cats from PAAW will be in the lounge welcoming visitors. 

Admission to the lounge costs $5 for 30 minutes and $8 for an hour. 

In addition to the lounge, Pet Valu will be hosting food trucks and have games and activities for families and kids for the celebration.

The lounge will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24. Regular hours have yet to be determined.