FORT WAYNE, IN - Black Forest Café owners Julie and Emily Pressler, Animal Care & Control staff, and city officials gathered June 9 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the café that will have cats from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control available for adoption.

The whimsical German-themed cat café is the first of its kind in Fort Wayne. The mother-daughter duo are hoping to create a relaxing space for people to come enjoy specialty beverages and a variety of pastries; along with the option to visit for an hour in a cozy room with adoptable cats.

“ We are so excited to share the joy that cats bring through a unique and fun experience” owners Julie and Emily Pressler said. 

Customers can walk in and get a crafted coffee drink sourced from Old Crown. A separate room will house the adoptable cats. Guests can pay $10 for an hour session in the cat room. Guests can plan ahead by booking a time slot to visit the cats online. No reservation is needed to visit the café side of the business.

All the cats at the café are available for adoption through Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. As the largest open access shelter in northeast Indiana, the shelter is often overwhelmed with cats during warmer months.

“We are so excited to partner with Julie and Emily to offer another avenue of adoption for cats in our care, “ Animal Care & Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said. “More cats come through our doors than any other animal and we’re always looking for ways to ensure every healthy, adoptable animal has a positive outcome. This unique opportunity is a great addition to our life-saving efforts.”

Black Forest Cat Café is located in the JoAnn Plaza at 4716 Coldwater Road. To learn more about the café click HERE. To learn more about adopting from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control click HERE.

Director Amy-Jo Sites


Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Saturday of each month

CLOSED Monday, Saturday & Sunday FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 15-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Business Office Hours (lost & found- receiving lobby- citations or other law enforcement concerns):

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday

Animal Control Officer Assistance
9am-8pm Monday - Friday
After 8pm, weekend & holidays,
call 260-449-3000

After Hours / Immediate Officer Assistance:
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies

General Contact Information:
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514

It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary.

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