Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee combines the elements of books, coffee, and cats in a magical union. You can leave with not just a few books but also a feline friend and a coffee to go.
Ask a reader what the perfect way to spend an afternoon is and chances are, they will say reading books, with a hot cup of coffee, and a cat to curl up with. But this perfect scenario does not have to remain a dream anymore. It has managed to manifest into reality in the form of Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee that combines the three elements of books, coffee, and cats in a magical union. If you walk into this bookshop, you can leave with not just a few books but also a feline friend and a coffee to go.
The Canadian bookstore is located outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia. As you scan the books, looking for the next great read, you can find kittens casually strolling around the store as well. According to CBC, a mother cat who has given birth to six kittens has made a temporary home in the store and become an integral part of it. The store is helping these cats get adopted by allowing them to mingle with the customers and get to know them. The owner of the bookstore, Ellen Helmke started fostering kittens at her store in the spring of 2019 and plans to do it indefinitely. "People come here specifically to see the cats, and then some people just wander in to look at books and discover there are kittens," Helmke told Global News.
Before this, Helmke has assisted in 30 cats getting adopted. It is a common sight at the store to see the kittens basking in the sun, playing in the boxes around the store and getting acquainted with the patrons. "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," she said. The store has had a hundred percent adoption rate so far. Helmke thinks this is fantastic and told Narcity, "All the kittens are in and out fairly quickly, as they are adopted." The adoption process is taken care of by a local rescue group South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia, who also provides the cats.
If you are looking to adopt a cat you will firstly need to give references. You are also required to provide a fee of $255 which will cover the medical expenses for your new feline buddy. But if you're not looking to adopt, you can still hang out with the kittens in the bookstore. The South Paw Conservation also accepts donations of food and supplies for their rescues at the store.