Cat lover and poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “Books. Cats. Life is good.”
In these words, Eliot caught the simple truth of life and many of his fellow cat lovers live by this rule still and always.
And it seems the patrons of Otis & Clementine’s Books & Coffee believe in Eliot’s words too.
Within the shop’s walls, those with a heart for felines and words will discover paradise waiting. Patrons can purruse the shelves as well as enjoy coffee and the company of the cute and furry.
Cuddly kittens roam the shop, helping customers choose their next read, playing on the furniture, or snoozing on the stacks.
And, if a bookworm happens to form the special attachment with one of the adorable kittens that leads to a forever home, then great! That’s the hope of shop owner Ellen Helmke as all the kitty cats hanging about Otis & Clementine’s are available for adoption.
Grab a Book, Adopt a Kitten
Last year, Ellen realized how much space she had available in the shop and wanted to do something to help better kitty cat lives. So, fostering kittens and their mama cats at the store seemed a perfect fit!
The kittens come to Otis & Clementine’s through the South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia, where they are “vet checked, vaccinated, feline leukemia tested, treated with revolution, and dewormed within the first few days of arrival or when healthy/old enough.”
South Paw told Bored Panda, “Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee is one of many loving foster homes that provide an enriching environment for our kittens and cats. It’s amazing to have this unique platform to help home our kitties.”
The idea of having kittens available for adoption in a bookstore is indeed the most novel idea ever.
The shop has helped 30 cats and kittens find their forever homes which brings their adoption rate to 100 percent.
“People come here specifically to see the cats, and then some people just wander in to look at books and discover there are kittens,” Ellen said in an interview with Global News. “Either way, the response has been really great—I mean, who doesn’t love kittens, right?”
“I’m so happy to make my customers happy when they come in and they’re just thrilled to see a kitten they weren’t expecting… It’s amazing and makes me happy to come to work.”
Ellen is right, being able to work with and care for cats is pure joy. In fact, cat lovers might even say it creates a happily ever after to their story.