A café next to Brighouse Canada Line Station, where customers can pet and play with cats, celebrated its grand opening on Monday.
There are seven cats at PetPls, on No. 3 Road, that customers can visit with – in a separate room – while having a coffee and picking up cat supplies.
The café had a soft opening in late January, but finally held a grand opening celebration this week.
The Richmond News has been told the cats at the café belong to the owner.
However, the store is currently applying to the BC SPCA to bring adoptable cats into the space to promote the benefits of adopting animals.
To visit the cats, customers need to book a 50-minute timeslot before arriving. Each time slot is limited to six people and costs $18 per person.
Upon arrival, each person must put on a shoe cover to prevent tracking dirt into the “cat room,” sign a rule and safety waiver form, and wash their hands before playing with the cats.
An employee is always in the room to make sure the cats are safe.
The cat café also has a section where cat-related trinkets, food and supplies, such as cat food, beds and toys are sold.
The News has reached out to the owner and BC SPCA for comments but didn’t receive a response prior to publication.