Cat’s, cuddles and cupcakes combined at the Gore SPCA’s first pop-up cat cafe on Saturday.
The event followed on from the national SPCA Cupcake Day on Monday, held to raise money for SPCA branches around the country.
SPCA Gore centre manager Cath McDowall said the day had been a fantastic success for the organisation. About 150 people had visited the cat cafe by lunchtime.
“It’s our first time hosting something like this and it has just been so popular – it’s great,” Mrs McDowall said.
Visitors to the pop-up cafe enjoyed cupcakes and drinks while spending time with the 18 cats and nine kittens up for adoption.
“I have had one that has been adopted and there is another that is possibly going to be adopted,” Mrs McDowall said.
People from all walks of life came along to the cat cafe, including a group of elderly women.
“The older ladies were great. They can’t necessarily adopt any animals but they kept saying how much they had enjoyed just being able to sit and spend time with the cats.”
Mrs McDowall had been thinking of holding a cat cafe event since visiting one overseas, Mrs McDowall said.
“I’d always wanted to do something similar one time and SPCA Cupcake Day seemed like a great time to do that.”
She was considering opening her own cat cafe in Gore in the future.
The day had been incredibly positive for the SPCA and she was looking forward to putting on another one.
“It’s been so popular that I will absolutely be doing it again next year – without a doubt,” she said.