HAWS has been taking care of lost, hungry, injured, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs in the Overstrand for more than 50 years. As an NPO, the organisation is run by dedicated volunteers and depends on the generous contributions of donors and sponsors to keep their doors open. The committee is continuously coming up with new fundraising ideas, the latest of which was launched last week and provides just the ticket for those who feel that time spent with cats is time well spent.

Enjoying a morning at the HAWS Cat Café last week with Marlene Deneeghere, vice-chair of HAWS (left) were special guests Lizma van Zyl, Zelda le Grange and Saskia Kempff van Weele. Seated in front on the right is HAWS chairperson, Pamela Quinn, holding a cake box filled with goodies home baked by Marlene. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

Yes, the focus this time is on the beautiful cats in the HAWS cattery, which has been expanded to include a Cat Café. Here members of the public, and especially cat lovers, are invited to set time aside from their busy schedules to come and relax in a clean, safe and hygienic ‘happy space’ to enjoy a cuppa and delicious treats while enjoying the company of HAWS’s furry felines. You’ll not only make many new friends while cuddling and scratching these loving animals – you’ll find solace for your soul.

All you have to do is contact Marlene Deneeghere on 082 901 8643 at least one day in advance of your visit and pay R80 to get your cats-coffee-cake fix. You’ll get your cuppa (either tea or coffee) and a gift box filled with an assortment of delectable home-baked treats such as cakes, pastries and scones – plus as much time as you like with the cats.

Cat cafés are trending all over the world as a popular destination for those looking for companionship and comfort. The first cat café reportedly opened in Taiwan in 1998 and the idea soon caught on in Japan, where many residents live in small apartments or condominiums where pets are not allowed. From there the concept spread around the globe, with cat cafés opening in other Asian countries, Australia, the UK, Europe and America – and now Hermanus.

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