The Cat Café Lviv, located in Lviv, Ukraine, has been operational for over six years and is very important to everyone involved.
The café has been operated by a small group of friends from its inception, who, along with the cats, have remained a close-knit family.
There are twenty cats at the café, and they all like greeting customers and hanging out with them while they dine or relax.
When asked why he did not leave, the proprietor of the café, Serhii Oliinyk, stated that most of the cats have been there since they were four months old.
“They resemble a family. We realized that we would never leave our country, as it was the only location where we could envision our future.”
Cat Cafe Lviv has decided to remain open despite the uncertainties surrounding a potential Russian invasion. During difficult times, Serhii said they will continue to provide a safe area for people to stop by and say hello to the kitties.
He notes that there are fewer regular visitors now, but that people from other places are coming for the hot food, the companionship, and the positive atmosphere.
Two of our cafe’s three huge rooms are located in the basement, so in the event of an air raid alert, our guests and kitties will have a safe place to hide.
Serhii views all the cats in his café to be members of his family, and he desires nothing more than for his family to remain intact regardless of what is occurring in the world.