Brooklyn Heights Blog » Pets Dispatches from America's first suburb Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:36:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lena Dunham’s Love Letter to Sammy of Pet’s Emporium Sat, 28 Oct 2017 05:22:09 +0000

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a “People in Your Neighborhood” story. So this  adorable missive, written by our celebrity neighbor Lena Dunham is worth a re-post. Sammy at Pet’s Emporium on Montague Street appeared in the October 24th edition of New York Magazine’s The Cut. Enjoy!


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Help Find Eloise Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:48:37 +0000

The good folks at Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital tell us that the lovely Eloise, a nine-month-old Siberian cat, has gone missing in the neighborhood.

She was last seen on Willow Street.

She weighs four pounds and is microchipped. Post here or contact BHVH at 718 624 1200 if you see her.

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Brooklyn Cat Cafe Has Rats Caring For Kittens Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:07 +0000

When I first saw a link to this story on the blog Peoplepets, I wondered if it didn’t refer to the stuffed white rat that the Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue has long used (see photo) as a cat toy. It turns out, though, that the Cafe has obtained two live rats, named Emile and Remy, from an organization called Helping All Little Things Animal Rescue, and put them to work as “nannies” for some orphaned infant kittens. Does it work? See the videos.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Meow! Sexy Soiree at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe Tue, 06 Jun 2017 01:05:47 +0000

This Thursday, June 8, join the felines at Brooklyn Cat Cafe for an evening with Babeland and Marina Vorona of Simply Great Relationship. The event will include dessert, drinks, sex tips and tricks and individual reltionship consultations.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here; proceeds benefit the adoptable cats at the Cafe and the rescue work of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.

This women’s only event is 18 and over and will feature a Q & A, shopping (including Babeland‘s – and the cafe cats’ – most popular toys), a sexy swag bag and a chance to win prizes.

You–and the cats–will be purring with satisfaction…

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[Update: Found!] Another Lost Cat: Help Find Bruno! Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:08:03 +0000

Update, June 3, 11 am: Bruno was found last night in a neighbor’s garden. Welcome home, Bruno!

The good news is that Rosie was found early, early this morning and returned to her relieved owner.

The bad news is that another neighborhood feline escaped his carrier on the way to Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital this morning.

He is a tabby with no tail and he was last seen on Grace Court and Hicks. If you see him, please call 718 624 1200.

PSA: Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital suggests taking extra precaution when transporting your pets. Be sure that your carrier closes well and is secure, and that you know how to use it. If you need to borrow a carrier or help otherwise, call the hospital at 718.624.1200. They are happy to lend carriers and help transport animals.

Cats tend not to stray too far from where they escape, so folks in the area, please keep your eyes open for Bruno.



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Have You Seen Rosie? [Update: Found!] Wed, 31 May 2017 16:15:03 +0000

“Rosie,” a grey tabby with a pinkish blaze on her nose (photo) escaped while being taken in to the Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital, at the corner of Hicks and Cranberry streets. If you find her, please call the hospital at 718-624-1200.

From Brooklyn Heights Vet Hospital this morning:

“Someone found her last night at 1am and called us. Dr Thomson helped catch her and she was returned home this morning :) Thanks so much for posting.”

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Wellness Happy Hour at Brooklyn Cat Cafe Mon, 08 May 2017 00:04:39 +0000

This Wednesday, May 10th, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe will hold a Spring Wellness and Happy Hour from 7:15 to 10 pm. All proceeds from this event will benefit Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and their rescue work.

Luisa Noelle of New York New You will lead a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class, which will be followed by a 30-minute meditation led by Rebecca DeRosa of Shining Rock Yoga. The evening will conclude with a happy hour of fresh pressed juices and snacks by Perelandra.

The event kicks of the Cafe’s new weekly Yoga class, which will be held at 7:30  pm every Wednesday.

You can purchase tickets to individual segments or the whole event here.

The yoga class is $25; yoga and meditation is $35; meditation and happy hour is $25; happy hour alone is $10; and the whole evening is $40.

Tickets to individual segments or the whole event can be purchased by clicking on the event here.

The cats thank you for your support.


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Brooklyn Cat Cafe Seeks Donations Of Linens, Auction Items Tue, 02 May 2017 13:51:15 +0000

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe seeks donations of clean blankets, towels, and sheets to deliver to Animal Care Centers of New York City as the city’s municipal animal welfare organization deals with the onset of kitten season.

Linens can be dropped at the Cafe at 149 Atlantic Avenue during opening hours on Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7:

Thursday: 1 pm to 8 pm

Friday: 1 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 7:30 pm

Later this month, the Cafe will celebrate its first anniversary with a party and silent auction on May 24 at Stone Park Cafe in Park Slope. NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, host of Ask Me Another and Cat Cafe advocate, will attend, along with New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McCartney. The evening will honor Dr. Yvonne Szacki for her work on behalf of the animal rescue community.

Beginning May 10th, the Cafe will host a silent auction (I hear rumors of Hamilton! tickets) for which it is accepting donations of interesting, cool, fun, and/or unique experiences, services, or items that event-goers and online bidders would enjoy.

Contact the Cat Cafe if you’re interesting in donating; phone 347 946 2286 or

100% of all proceeds from the auction and event will be used to benefit the Cat Cafe, which found homes for nearly 300 cats and welcomed over 40,000 visitors in its first year.


Social media links:

Animal Care Centers of New York: website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Brooklyn Cat Cafe: website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook





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This Weekend at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:44:06 +0000

On Friday evening, head down to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe for Mewvie Night and enjoy a screening of The Lion King while hanging out with a bevy of adoptable local felines. Tickets are $20 and include soda and snack. The film starts at 7:30.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cat Cafe site or at the door at 149 Atlantic Avenue.


On Saturday, the CatWise Cat Café Tour Presented by Wellness® Natural Pet Food With Pam Johnson-Bennett makes a stop in our neighborhood. Johnson-Bennett is a cat behavior expert and best-selling author, and she’ll be promosing her new book Cat Wisewhich answers questions about feline behavior from their devoted owners.

The CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness is intended to give back to animals in need. As the presenting sponsor, Wellness Natural Pet Food will donate 1,000 meals to Brooklyn Cat Café to help provide their rescued and adoptable cats with natural nutrition while they wait to be adopted. Wellness will also provide freebies of their products to those in attendance.

A $5.00 donation to the Cafe is suggested for those in attendance.

In addition to authoring a number of books about cats, Johnson-Bennett hosted the Nat Geo Wild/Animal Planet show Psycho Kitty, which aired in the UK and Canada.

The event will be held twice, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm and from  4:30 – 6:00 pm.  You can a reserve a spot here.

Follow the Brooklyn Cat Cafe at its website and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.









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Meow Mixer to Benefit Infinite Hope Rescue Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:11:11 +0000

Join local animal rescue group Infinite Hope on Thursday, April 27th at Industry City Distillery for a fundraiser to support its work improving the lives of Brooklyn’s animals.

An all-volunteer group, Infinite Hope was founded in 2004 and has placed over 1,500 animals in permanent and loving homes and has provided care to hundreds more cats through TNR (Trap Neuter Return) projects. It has held TNR info sessions at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe and has a bevy of lovely adoptable cats available, and the group works with adopters to ensure a smooth transition for both humans and felines. Infinite Hope is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and the evening will include silent auction items, raffles, light food, and drinks by Industry City Distillery, which features gorgeous sunset and harbor views. Your ticket includes a free specialty cocktail. Silent auction items include restaurant gift certificates, beauty products, travel accommodations, and gifts for animals.

Proceeds will directly support animal care, food, and other rescue expenses. Can’t make it? You can donate to support Infinite Hope’s work.

(Editorial interpolation: I attended this event last year and had a great time meeting fellow animal lovers and indulging my competitive instincts during the silent auction, which includes tempting items at a wide range of prices.)

The event begins at 6:30. Industry City Distillery is at 33 35th Street in Brooklyn, a short walk from the D/N/R stop at 36th Street. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information, check out the group’s website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

On behalf of his fellow rescued pals, adoptable Jasper thanks you!




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Local Hero Saves BQE Cat Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:46:09 +0000

Our very own Anne Levin of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe sprang into action Tuesday to save an injured, stranded cat on the BQE, reports the Daily News.

After learning about the cat from from an animal rescue Facebook post, Levin made her way to the highway where the cat was crouched under the Promenade.


“New York drivers were shockingly polite,” she told the News. “Usually, they stop and honk. Everyone went around us.”

Levin approaching the terrified cat. Photo courtesy Anne Levin.

Levin approaching the terrified cat. Photo courtesy Anne Levin.

BBAWC has taken responsibility for the cat, now named Suzy Q, who is being treated for a broken tail. It will be put up for adoption after it’s had a chance to recupterate in a foster home.

You can donate to the Cat Cafe or BBAWC at their websites, and follow their social media accounts:

Brooklyn Cat Cafe  Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Read the full story at the News.

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Weekend Activities for Animal Lovers Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:59:17 +0000

Atlantic Avenue is Animal Central this weekend, with three events for folks of all ages, starting tonight.

This evening at the Cat Cafe, enjoy a screening of Harry and Tonto. The Cat Cafe is run by Brooklyn Heights Animal Welfare Coalition, and proceeds from its events support the adoptable cats at the cafe and the organization’s extensive rescue and education work.

The movie begins at 7:30. Buy tickets here, watch a trailer here.

On Saturday morning at the cafe, join the resident felines for a “Stretch and Snuggle” class at 9:30 am. Tickets and details about the class are available here.

The Cat Cafe is at 149 Atlantic Avenue, between Henry and Clinton.

And when you’re done stretching, head across the street to check out Best Friends’ “Adopt and Shop” event at Urban Outfitters from 10 am to 3 pm. Adoption fees begin at $25. Details here.

With kitten season already in full swing, rescues and animal welfare groups are seeking adopters and foster homes. All of these events offer the opportunity to sweeten your life with a permanent or temporary furry addition to the family!

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Kids’ Day at the Cat Cafe Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:42:02 +0000

This Saturday, February 18th, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe will welcome kids (and of course kits) for a reading with author Max Goodman from 11 am to 3 pm.
Goodman will read from his book The Secret Life of Lilykins at noon and at 2 pm, and other activities will include cat-themed crafts, games, and pictures with the Cafe’s own Lilykins. You can also buy (or win) a signed copy of Goodman’s book, which celebrates cats and the humans who love them.
Admission to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe is $5 for every 30 minutes with all entrance fees going to support Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the nonprofit animal rescue that runs the space. Participation in Kids Day activities is complimentary with admission. Children under 3 are free and all the cats are up for adoption. Reservations are recommended, but not required and can be made online at
Follow the Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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Congratulations to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe! Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:47:09 +0000

These kittens are more than just pretty faces: they’re also award winners!

Congratulations to the Brooklyn Cat Café on Atlantic Avenue, winner of this year’s Atlantic Avenue LDC Annual Holiday Window Design contest. Windows on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue were eligible, and these cool cats netted a $500 prize for the cat café. The holiday window will be up until December 26th.

To celebrate, the cats will don their holiday costumes on Saturday, December 10th for the Atlantic Avenue LDC’s Walk the Windows event, and the café is offering free pictures with Santa Claws from 11 am to 4 pm.

Christmas kittens

Cats and mats!

On Sunday, December 11, join the cats and Luisa Noelle Howell for 45 minutes of feline-accompanied yoga from 9:30 – 10:30 am. The Café open at 9 for some feline schmoozing before class. The fee for the class is $25 and tickets can be purchased here; bring your own mat.

Holiday hours and events

The café will be open on Christmas day from 12 – 5:30 pm, offering gingerbread cookies and apple cider, along with plenty of cat cuddles. Other holiday offers: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 11 am to 6:30 pm, and New Year’s Day noon to 6:30 pm.

Ring in the new year with the neighborhood’s fanciest felines at a fundraiser for the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the neighborhood rescue group that runs the café. The Chill Cat Mellow Mew Year’s Eve Party will raise money for the BBAWC and café’s rescue efforts. Tickets ($50) are available here.

Since the Brooklyn Cat Café opened in May, more than 100 cats have been adopted from its facility. The café has also worked with other rescue groups and organization to increase awareness of how the number of outdoor cats can be reduced through rescue, adoption, and trap-neuter-return efforts.

The café is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm and Monday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Quiet hours for work and study are Monday from 11 am to 3 pm and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Adults-only (14 years of age and up) are every Saturday from 5 pm until closing;

Admission is $5 per half hour, free for children under three years of age.

The cats on social media:

Brooklyn Cat Café website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram



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Friday: Classic Mewvie Night at Brooklyn Cat Cafe. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:19:36 +0000

On Friday night, join the felines at Brooklyn Cat Cafe for a screening of the 1938 comedy Bringing Up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

Tickets are $20 and include a soda and a snack; proceeds contribute to the rescue, TNR, and adoption work of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.

The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are available at the Cafe’s website.

Follow Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

(image via Wikimedia Commons; licensed for re-use)

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Adopting A Cat: What To Expect Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:55:26 +0000

Mike PhillipsOn Thursday at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue, Mike Phillips will talk about how to successfully integrate a  rescue cat into your home in his talk “Happily Ever After: Post-TNR Tips On Bringing a New Cat Home.”

He’ll offer suggestions and techniques to calm adopters, cats and rescuers at all stages of the adoption process, from ensuring that the first meeting is successful, to introduction to the new home, helping the family to bond with their new cat, and finally, introducing two (or more) cats without the fur flying.

Phillips is the co-founder and president of and community outreach coordinator for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. He comes to animal rescue after 20 years on the directing staff of the New York City Opera.

His talk is from 7 – 9 pm and tickets are available online. A $5 reservation holds your seat, and the fee will be refunded if you attend the class or cancel within 48 hours.

Coming up at the Cafe:

  • Rescue Medicine and Health Protocols with Dr. Michael Lund, Thursday, December 15th7:00-9:00 pm.
  • Humane Law Enforcement, Michael Murphy, Date TBD
  • Neighborhood Relations, Sheila Massey, Date TBD

Check out the Cafe’s events page for more information and other opportunities to support our local feline rescues.

Cat Cafe general hours:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturday 11 am – 7 pm

Visits to the Cafe are $5 per half hour.

Adults only:

Thursdays and Saturdays: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Quiet work hours:

Monday:  11 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 2 pm

Work among the cats for $10 an hour with wifi included. Seats are limited.

Follow Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter


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Election Night at the Cat Cafe Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:04:21 +0000

Scientific studies show that the company of an animal can help to reduce stress, so the good folks at Brooklyn Cat Cafe are doing their part to help us get through election night.

Head to the cafe (149 Atlantic Ave, between Henry and Clinton) on Tuesday night to watch the returns (and some cat videos) and play with the resident cats and kittens.

Refreshments will be available, and Brooklyn Brewery is providing the beer.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door for this 21+ event; proceeds benefit the rescue, TNR, and adoption work of the cafe and Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.  You can purchase tickets at the cat cafe website.

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Hallowe’en and Other Events at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:41:21 +0000

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue continues to up its offerings, hosting a variety of events over the next few weeks to help benefit its rescue, trap-neuter-return, and adoption initiatives, connect our community with its feline inhabitants, and help the Cafe’s residents find their permanent homes.

Check the Cafe’s website for details and ticket information; you can also stay up to date by following the Cafe on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cafe hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm

Adults Only Hours5:30 pm – 7 pm every Thursday and Saturday

Cost: $5 per half hour

New! Looking for a quiet, cozy place to get some work done during the day? Check out the Cafe’s new quiet work time, scheduled at the following times:

Monday: 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 2 pm

The cost is $10 per hour  and supports the cafe’s animal welfare initiatives. The cafe has wifi (included in the admission fee) and seating capacity is limited. Quiet work hours begin on November 2

Thursday, October 27
Adults Only: Kitten Happy Hour, 5:30 – 7 pm.  Every Thursday, enjoy a child-free time at the cafe. Limited to 14 people at a time.

Natural Remedies for Your Cat – a Pharmacy in your Kitchen Cabinet, 7 pm. Anitra Frazier, executive director of Anitra’s Natural Cat, will talk about the items in your home that can help to keep your own house cat or community cat healthy.  Cafe mascot Newt will be on hand to help demonstrate.  If you’ve got a cat that doesn’t make it easy to get to the vet, this event might offer some alternatives..

You can reserve a seat online for this free event.  There is a $5 charge to reserve a seat; the $5 is refunded if you attend or cancel in advance.

Frazier’s book The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care is available at Amazon, and Frazier will sign copies after the class. She does house calls providing holistic health are and grooming and heads Fluff City, a feline health spa and hospice, in addition to teaching hatha yoga at Integral Yoga Institute in Greenwich Village.

Friday, October 28

Kids’ Hallowe’en party, 2 – 3 pm. Children 2 – 5 years old and their parents are invited to the Cafe to celebrate Hallowe’en with silly dancing, scary snacks, and Hallowe’en stories.

Kid Halloween party


Hallowe’en Movie Night, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Dress up like a cat and join the Cafe’s furballs to watch family favorite Hocus Pocus


Halloween movie night


Saturday, October 29

Happy Meowlowe’en Party, 9 – 11 pm. Celebrate Hallowe’en with beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery, snacks, and play time with the Cafe’s cats and kittens. Tickets are $25 and are available at

Halloween party1


Sunday, October 30

Cats and Mats! Stretch & Snuggle with Jessi, 9:30 – 10:30 am. Participants will learn how to use active stretching to help lengthen and strengthen their bodies. Proper stretching helps prevent injuries, increase energy and contributes to the body being in balance. Cats will be present to participate at their leisure, and students may stop, drop and cuddle as needed.  All levels welcome! BYO yoga mat. Purchase tickets at the Cafe’s marketplace.
A native New Yorker, Jessi began dancing with Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, and then trained and graduated from The School at Steps on Broadway’s pre-professional program. She has been leading movement classes for a decade, and leads students “in a joyous frolic along each individual’s growing edge of creativity and athleticism.”  She also holds a B.A. in Animal Studies from SUNY Empire State College; she completed internships at Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Farm Foundation; and she spent two years serving the ASPCA Adoption Center’s behavior team.

Tuesday, November 2

Infinite Hope Adoption Ambassadors training session, 6:30 pm. Join Infinite Hope to learn more about becoming a rescue ambassador and volunteering with this local non-profit.

Thursday, November 17

Post-TNR Socialization and Adoption, 7 – 9 pm. You’ve adopted a rescue cat. Now what? Mike Phillips, president of Urban Cat League, will offer techniques to help your new pet get acclimated to her new home, bond with her new family, and meet any feline housemates.

Phillips is the co-founder and president of Urban Cat league and the Community Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. He spent 20 years on the directing staff of the New York City Opera and is a past volunteer at KittyKind. He served as president of Neighborhood Cats and began their trap-neuter-return training workshops and has a degree in veterinary technology. He has worked as the vet tech supervisor at the ASPCA Adoption Center in NY, in Berg Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit, and on ASPA mobile spay/neuter clinic. After Sandy hit New York four years ago, he volunteered as the veterinary administrator at the ASPCA/FIR Emergency Foster Shelter to help families at risk keep their animals.

There is a $5 fee to reserve a seat, which will be refunded if you attend the class or cancel at least 48 hours in advance.

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UPDATED: Bailey’s Home! Bailey Lost in Brooklyn Heights Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:16:20 +0000

Update: the good folks at BHVH posted on their Facebook page this morning that Bailey is home.

Our friends at Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital alerted us on Facebook this morning to this missing dog, who got off her leash this morning. More details if they become available…




Please call 917 656 4074 if you’ve seen her or have any information.


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UPDATED: LEO IS FOUND! Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:27:03 +0000

UPDATE: Estella got in touch to say that Leo had made his way to one of the nearby buildings being renovated and gotten himself behind a wall on the elevator. Estella was able to get to him and he’s now back home, safe and sound.


Leo, the resident feline at James Weir Florist at 155 Montague Street, has gone missing.

He hasn’t been seen since Sunday, October 2, and his rescuer, Estella Johannsen, is distraught. She rescued Leo and his feline shopmate when they were kittens, and she adores them.

It’s possible–though so distressing to consider–that someone took him, but we’re hoping that he went out the back door and is out among the backyards between Montague and Pierrepont.

Cats that escape tend not to travel too far from their homes, and they often try to find nearby shelter by crawling into a window or a basement, or hiding underneath whatever sort of shelter they can find.

If you see a cat that fits the description, please let Estella know right away or post here. You can contact Estella at 718 624 0270 or 917 705 7358.

She is offering a reward.


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This Week’s Adoptable Pets: Julie and Cici Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:22:08 +0000

As temperatures fall, what could be better than a feline to snuggle up with on a chilly autumn afternoon? And what could warm your heart more than giving a home to a cat that really needs one?

Fortunately, our friends at Infinite Hope and Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (and of course the Brooklyn Cat Cafe) have you covered.

Infinite Hope Cici


Cici was living outdoors, asking for food from neighbors in Prospect Heights, before Infinite Hope brought rescued her and found her a foster home. She settled in well, making fast friends with the other cat in the home. She loves affection, and though a little shy at first (I mean, who isn’t?), once she’s comfortable in a space, she seeks out head rubs and chin scratches. She is about 3 years old and this green-eyed beauty is ready for her forever home.

Cici is litter-trained and spayed and current on vaccinations. Visit her Petfinder page for more information on adopting her.

Follow Infinite Hope on the organization’s social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.



Discovered at a Philadelphia shelter, Julie and her kittens were brought north by BBAWC and brought the family to Brooklyn, where they took up residence in the cat cafe on Atlantic Avenue. Now done with being a mom, Julie is ready for a home of her own.

Julie is 14 months old, spayed, fully vaccinated, FIV/FeLV negative, and microchipped.  You can e-mail to arrange a play date in Brooklyn Heights, or stop by Brooklyn Cat Cafe to say hello to her.

Follow BBAWC and the cat cafe on their social media channels:
BBAWC: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Brooklyn Cat Cafe: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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Blessing of the Animals Sunday Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:38:41 +0000

This Sunday, October 2 is St. Francis Day, honoring the saint who showed special compassion to animals. Accordingly, both St. Ann & the Holy Trinity and Grace churches will hold ceremonies at which pets of all kinds may be blessed. The services at St. Ann’s, located at Clinton and Montague streets, will be held in the North Garden, facing Clinton starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Stuffed animals are welcome as well as live ones.

Grace’s blessing of the animals (photo) will take place during its regular 5:00 p.m. service in the Sanctuary. The Grace ceremony has had its surprises in the past, including a hen laying an egg and, according to the recently retired Rector, The Rev. Stephen Muncie, “an escaped tarantula.”

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Cranberry Street Fair Saturday Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:38:28 +0000

The 45th annual Cranberry Street Fair will take place on Cranberry between Hicks and Willow streets this Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. As the Eagle reports, there will be live jazz, belly dancing, a bakeoff, fortune tellers, and many things, from books to tchatchkes, for sale. Free coffee and tea, to go with the baked treats you buy (all of which must contain cranberries) will be provided by Jim Monte and Cranberry’s. There will be a pet parade, and all pets will get prizes from Rocco & Jezebel. All proceeds of sales go to Cranberry Street beautification.

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Coming up at the Cat Cafe Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:15:15 +0000

Tonight! Every Thursday, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe offers some kid-free kitten time, with admission limited to those 14 and older. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Every other Saturday, including this one (Sept. 24) is also an “adults only kitten happy hour,” from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Admission to the cafe (149 Atlantic Avenue) is $5, supporting the rescue and adoption work of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, which runs the Cafe.

This Sunday is the last of the month, so it’s time for “Stretch and Snuggle with Jessi,” an hour of stretching surrounding by sweet snuggling kitties at the Cafe. The class focuses on lengthening and strengthening to help prevent injuries, increase energy, and contribute to the body being in balance. Students are welcome to pause in their stretching to play with any felines looking to join in.


The class is led by Jessi, a native New Yorker who began dancing with Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, and then trained and graduated from The School at Steps on Broadway’s pre-professional program before taking a leave from dance to pursue an interest in animal welfare. She holds a B.A. in Animal Studies from SUNY Empire State College, completed internships at Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Farm Foundation, and spent two years serving the ASPCA Adoption Center’s behavior team.

Purchase tickets here and bring your own yoga mat. Cost of the class is $25 and helps to support the rescue/adoption work of the Cafe.

Also on Sunday, from noon to 6:00 pm, stop by the Cat Cafe during the annual Atlantic Antic. The Cafe will feature a Kitty Kissing Booth, coloring contests for kids, t-shirts for sale, and other activities.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

In other feline news, Infinite Hope will have a table at Atlantic Antic outside of Hope Vet at 390 Atlantic Avenue.  Come meet their adoptable kittens, learn about their work, and maybe sign up to be a volunteer?
And don’t forget that on Saturday, Oct. 1, Infinite Hope will be participating in the Strut Your Mutt walk in Hudson River Park to raise money for Infinite’s Hope rescue efforts. You can register here to walk (without or without a mutt) or, if you can’t join Infinite Hope that day, you can make a donation and become a virtual team member.
Learn more about these organizations and events through their various online channels:
Brooklyn Cat Cafe Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Infinite Hope Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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Cats and Crafts at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Saturday morning Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:59:30 +0000

Looking for something to do with the little ones on Saturday morning? Hands-on, for a good cause?

Head on over the Brooklyn Cat Cafe at 149 Atlantic Avenue for an hour of Cats and Crafts with our neighborhood adoptable felines.

This art class for children 3-7 years of age will provide the opportunity to create simple, fun crafts, with the ever-helpful felines on hand to provide support and inspiration. Children will have time to work on an art project and to play and interact with the cats.

Tickets are $20 and be purchased at the Cat Cafe website. Cats and Crafts will take place every third Saturday, and you can find a full listening of Cat Cafe events here.

For more info on Cat Cafe events and plenty of photos for adorable, adoptable cats, follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

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Adoption Ambassadors And Struttin’ Your Mutt Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:24:05 +0000

Infinite Hope animal rescue is offering two ways to improve the lives of Brooklyn’s rescue animals.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 7 pm, join Infinite Hope at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe at 149 Atlantic Avenue to learn about becoming a foster home for pets that will be up for adoption. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the cat cafe and meet its feline residents.

Infinite Hope’s Adoption Ambassadors program is sponsored by the ASPCA. RSVP to

On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 am, Strut Your Mutt (or yourself) in Hudson River Park to raise money for Infinite’s Hope rescue efforts. You can register here to walk (without or without a mutt) or, if you can’t join Infinite Hope that day, you can make a donation and become a virtual team member.


Both the Brooklyn Cat Cafe and Infinite Hope are active on various social media channels. Check out their websites and timelines for more informatoin and photos of adorable adoptable pets…

Brooklyn Cat Cafe Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Infinite Hope Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

And check these two adoptable tuxedos…both Lucy and Gulliver are seeking their forever home!



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Cats & Mats: Yoga Continues at Brooklyn Cat Cafe Tomorrow Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:31:23 +0000

Join Luisa Noelle Howell, a certified personal trainer and yoga guide, at Brooklyn’s own Cat Cafe at 149 Atlantic Avenue, between Henry and Clinton, tomorrow (Sunday, August 28) morning at 9:30. Come stretch your body and your mind while spending some quality time with the residents of the café, all available for adoption.

The class lasts 45 minutes and the café opens at 9 am so that you can get in some feline socializing before beginning.

The class costs $25 and supports the work of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

Tickets available for purchase here.

Please bring your own mat.

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Cats & Mats: Yoga at Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Sunday Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:50:03 +0000

What better way to start your Sunday than with stretching and yoga surrounded by felines?

Join Luisa Noelle Howell at Brooklyn’s own cat cafe on Atlantic Avenue this Sunday morning at 9:30. A certified personal trainer and yoga guide, Howell makes her cat café debut.  Come stretch your body and your mind while spending some quality time with the residents of the café, all available for adoption.

The class lasts 45 minutes and the café opens at 9 am so that you can get in some feline socializing before beginning.

The class costs $25 and supports the work of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

Tickets available for purchase here.

Please bring your own mat.




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A Literary Evening At The Brooklyn Cat Cafe Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:50:51 +0000

It hasn’t been open for very long, but the Brooklyn Cat Cafe has already found its place in the fabric of our neighborhood. Widely covered by local and national media, it was most recently featured in Condé Nast Traveler, and its schedule of events for the neighborhood is in full swing.

Next Wednesday, June 22, join the felines in residence for an evening of readings by local authors Andrea Chapin, Jennifer Cody Epstein, Hillary Jordan, Julie Klam and Alison Lowenstein (click the link for more info on the authors).

The evening is sponsored by Henry Street Wine and BookCourt and will include light eats and wine…and of course the cats!

Your $25 ticket (click to purchase) supports the work of the Cat Café and Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, which rescues, socializes, and re-homes cats and kittens in our neighborhood and beyond. The evening will also include a raffle and begins at 7:30pm.

If cats are your thing but kids aren’t, head to the café this Saturday from 5 – 7pm for an adults-only evening with the felines. Admission is $5 for a 30-minute visit.

And if you can’t get yourself to Atlantic Avenue but need a kitten fix, check out the 24-hour kitten cam.

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Rescue Coalition’s Brooklyn Cat Cafe is entirely run by volunteers and all donations to the cat café and BBAWC contribute to the lodging and care of rescue cats.  The café has found homes for more than a dozen cats since it opened.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Find both the BBAWC and the cat café on social media:

BBAWC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cat Café on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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What’s With the Cat Café on Atlantic Avenue? Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:41:51 +0000

There are two types of people in this world. People who love cats… and the rest of us. Count me among the rest of us, with the added bonus of an acute allergy to cats.

So when I heard that a cat café was opening on Atlantic Avenue, I was befuddled. People want to go and drink coffee with cats circling their feet? A kitten to go with your cappuccino? People who love cats are an interesting bunch, I thought. I’ll stick to Tazza for sit down, or Cranberry’s to go.

But I went to the Cat Café. I didn’t mean to go to the Cat Café. I was on my way to Chez Moi (for the happy hour $1 oysters – highly recommended!) and passed by this adorable, inviting storefront at 149 Atlantic Avenue.

Catfront2Outside, there was a group of people clamoring to get inside, so I couldn’t resist peeking in to see what all the fuss was about. There was a lovely greeter at the door who asked guests to sign a waiver and pay a $5 donation for half an hour of cat browsing and petting. You see, the Cat Café is a front for the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. It’s not about the coffee at all, it’s about rescuing cats and finding them good homes.


Inside, there’s a couch, a coffee table, cute knick knacks, space in the back for events, and lots of cats. A group of four cats partying in a cage were named Sheila E, Dr. Fink, and Wendy & Lisa. (R.I.P. Prince.) Elsewhere, in a glass terrarium were a mother cat (Grizabella), and her three kittens (Rumple, Jelly, and Jem) romping around. (If you get the reference, first to comment wins a prize – a free subscription to BHB.)


There were cats lounging on ledges on the wall, and one spread out on the coffee table. There were cats everywhere. And there were the happiest, smiliest people I’ve ever seen crowded into a space in this cranky city. After lingering far longer than I had planned, my face was itchy and my eyes were stinging, but I couldn’t help but be thoroughly charmed and happy that there is a cat café in our neighborhood.

(Cat lover or not, if you find yourself in a bad mood, just watch this kitten livecam from the Cat Café. I’ll bet you’ll smile too.)

To donate to BBAWC, click here. For more info on Brooklyn Cat Café, click here.

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