Caren Gittleman when she visited Kitty City, a free-roam environment for adoptable cats located inside the Pet Supplies Plus store in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Kitty City was created by the store's owner Addy Shattuck. Addy has seven cats of her own, and she has been helping adoptable cats find forever homes for the past twenty years.
Kitty City is located in the front of the store, and it is enclosed with glass from floor to ceiling - allowing the cats to sun bathe and watch birds - and most importantly allowing potential adopters to watch the cats in a natural environment.
Kitty City provides a safe and comfortable environment for adoptable cats. The door is locked so people cannot enter at random and to prevent one of the cats from slipping out. People seeking to adopt a cat can ask the staff to let them in so they can get to know their new best friend.
While the Bloomfield Hills store has been placing homeless cats for years, the number of cat adoptions has increased since Kitty City opened just a few months ago. I hope more pet store owners will consider implementing this model!