A Voice for All Paws (AVAP), a nonprofit cat rescue organization, has announced plans to open a Cat Café, an adoption center and luxury boarding in North Texas.
The new facilities will be located near Garland and Peavy. Set to open in late 2022, the Cat Café will provide a home for rescue cats pending adoption and a place for cat lovers to grab a coffee. Abandoned cats will also be provided access to veterinary care as needed.
AVAP started as a foster-based rescue nonprofit specifically for cats and kittens in 2018 by former East Dallas resident Nancy Stephenson. She eventually connected with Caroline Stovall, who shared her mentality for rescue.
Stovall and her husband, Rob, enabled the dream of a cat café and adoption center to turn into a reality. They provided a donation that facilitated the purchase of two buildings to provide a physical space for the Cat Boarding and A Voice for All Paws. A 3,500 sq. ft. building located at 1211 Casa Vale will house a cat café and adoption area. A 1,600 sq. ft. facility will serve as a cat boarding business at 10320 Garland Road. The buildings are currently being renovated.
When cats are found and don’t have homes, the organization gets them the treatments they need, such as spay/neuter, deworming, medications, baths, dipping, a full exam by a vet, shots, and a check for parasites. Additionally, the group works to get kittens and cats socialized around people and other animals in preparation for adoption.
“Our team, along with volunteers, will run the cat café and adoption center,” said Stovall, President of AVAP. “We will run it like a business with a coffee shop where people can work. We see (the coffee shop) as a means of funding our non-for-profit organization, too.”