- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Washtenaw County’s first cat cafe has opened its doors, offering visitors the opportunity to get their paws on some friendly felines.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley recently opened Tiny Lions lounge and adoption center on Ann Arbor’s west side, the Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1TY7Ky4 ) reported.

“We get so many people who just want to check it out and then we give them a little tour,” said Haley Chynoweth, cat café manager. “A lot of people have been really excited because they’ve heard of other cat cafes.”

Up to 20 guests at a time can pay $7 an hour to sit in the cafe and enjoy their own food or non-alcoholic beverage while hanging out with a room full of cats. They’re also able to adopt a cat on site if they find one that suits them well.

“I would say at least eight out of 10 people who come in already have cats at home,” said Sue Armelagos, an animal care technician at Tiny Lions.

Chynoweth said 19 cats already have been adopted in the cafe’s first three weeks of operations.

Chynoweth said 13 cats are in the cats at a time. She said the cats are brought there by the Humane Society of Huron Valley, but the concept has been so successful that some cats also have been brought from humane societies outside of Washtenaw County.

Chynoweth said the cafe is welcoming 80 to 100 people a day on the weekends.

“It’s been busier than we expected on the first couple weekends,” she said.

Tiny Lions is just the second cat cafe to open in Michigan.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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