The Ferndale Cat Shelter is expanding into 817 Livernois, providing retail and office space for the adjacent Catfé Lounge

FERNDALE, Mich. –  October 23, 2019  – Ferndale’s cat cafe is stretching out its paws on Livernois Street. The Ferndale Cat Shelter, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates the Catfé Lounge, has moved into 817 Livernois, the 1,000 square foot unit adjacent to the cafe, and will open the expanded space to the public this November.

The expanded area will serve as the new entryway for the cat cafe and provides a separate space for food, beverages, and retail, offering more room at 821 Livernois for the Catfé’s rotating cast of adoptable felines. The new space will also serve as the office headquarters for the Ferndale Cat Shelter, the 501(c)3 no-kill cat rescue that owns and operates the Catfé Lounge.

817 Livernois - The Catfe Lounge's Expanded Space

By using 817 Livernois for retail, the Catfé plans to expand seating and cat accommodations within the cat lounge area, and the reorganized space will also allow for more room for events and exercise classes. With a separate unit dedicated to retail and hospitality, the Catfe Lounge will have more flexibility with offering food and beverages to deliver on the “cafe” aspect of the cat cafe.

“This expansion is the first step toward our goal in creating a true cafe experience for our guests,” Ferndale Cat Shelter’s Executive Director, Deanne Iovan, said. “ As a non-profit, we have to stay focused on our mission to care for homeless felines. The required donation and profits from the coffee and retail shop will help us reach our goal of being sustainable in to the future.”

With the expansion, the Catfé Lounge also plans to start requiring mandatory donations for admission rather than allowing entry on a suggested donation basis. Single admission tickets will be $10 while monthly group passes for up to four people are available for $50. Group exercise classes and events are offered outside of the Catfé’s standard operating hours, and the space is also available for private events and parties.

817 Livernois - The Catfe Lounge's Expanded Space

Opened in November 2015, the Catfé Lounge is Michigan’s oldest cat cafe and serves as a space for community members and potential adopters to socialize and play with adoptable cats and kittens. Since the cat cafe was opened, the Catfe and Ferndale Cat Shelter have adopted out more than 1,500 cats and kittens to loving homes.

The expanded Catfé Lounge space is set to formally open this November at 817 Livernois, Ferndale MI 48220. You can check out the Catfé Lounge online at

About the Ferndale Cat Shelter

Founded in 2014, The Ferndale Cat Shelter is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill cat rescue dedicated to providing medical care, adoption services, foster homes and trap-neuter-release programs for felines in the Metro Detroit area. As a no-kill organization, the shelter’s mission is to improve the lives of felines in the region and elevate the standards of cat guardianship and adoption. 

About the Catfé Lounge

In 2015, the Ferndale Cat Shelter opened the Catfé Lounge at 821 Livernois St. in Ferndale as a location for the community and potential adopters to interact and socialize with rescued cats. The Catfé serves as the shelter’s adoption hub and headquarters and all of the cats and kittens in the space are available for adoption.

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Deanne Iovan

Executive Director, Ferndale Cat Shelter


David Oltean

Board Member, Ferndale Cat Shelter