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Muncie Cat Cafe Hopes You Meet The Purrfect Friend

Muncie will soon have its own cat café near Ball State University. The owner of two Muncie restaurants plans to open a new space in August where you can wine and dine with a feline, and then adopt it.

Two Cats Café is raising money to open a cat café called ZenDen, a catmosphere that will allow customers to bring their food from the café and enjoy it with a potential pet.

Café owner Basam Helwani says the theme will be very similar to the Two Cats Café.

“People come here and feel comfortable and do their homework, have a good bite to eat," Helwani says. The difference is that ZenDen will have actual cats that customers can interact with.

The cats will come from the Animal Rescue Fund to help fix a bigger issue in the Muncie community. Executive Director Jody Leddy says shelters are only allowed to take in a certain number of cats to maintain a clean environment.

The cats that aren’t in the shelters end up on the streets of Muncie.

“We’re hoping this will provide a quicker turnover, so to speak, as far as getting more cats adopted out more quickly," Leddy says.

The hope is to lower the overpopulation of cats and help them find a “forever home.”

Indiana's first cat cafe opened in Indianapolis earlier this year, operating on a similar model. Plans for a Bloomington cat cafe were shelved when two entrepreneurs failed to reach their fundraising goal.

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