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Need a cat cafe right meow? There’s one in downtown Raleigh tonight.

Meet Meko from Meow House at Friday’s cat cafe at Unleashed in Raleigh’s City Market.
Meet Meko from Meow House at Friday’s cat cafe at Unleashed in Raleigh’s City Market. Meow House

Sarah Newton and Arthur Hailey are working hard to bring Raleigh its first cat cafe (you sip coffee while you chill with cats – it’s a good thing). Friday night’s pop-up cat cafe at Unleashed in City Market is another step in that plan.

Tonight’s event, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will feature adoptable cats from Meow House Cat Rescue, a Raleigh-based nonprofit rescue group. Newton and and Hailey are raising money through Indigogo for the opening of Purr Cup.

At tonight’s event, all the cuddly cats are provided – please do not bring your own.

The Purr Cup funding campaign is to help secure a lease for the cafe’s location, build the separate cat lounge area and fund other capital needs for the cafe. Those who donate to the fund are eligible for perks including stickers, mugs, T-shirts, tote bags, reservations, portraits, private parties, membership and naming a drink at the cafe.

Purr Cup’s mission is to “create a haven for cat lovers to enjoy a quality beverage or locally made treat in the company of adoptable cats looking for love and forever homes,” Newton, a retired Carolina Ballet dancer, told The News & Observer in June.

Newton said that in addition to coffee and cat adoptions, she hopes Purr Cupp can offer Caturday morning cartoons, cats on mats yoga class, student specials for study time, coloring with cats, birthday parties and much more.

Learn more about the Purr Cup campaign at their Indiegogo site.

The Lake Boone Trail location of Unleashed held a cat cafe Sunday afternoon. It was a huge success, Newton said. “It was crazy! We didn’t expect so many people.”

Unleashed at City Market is at 329 Blake St., Raleigh.

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