MANILA -- For some people, all they need in life is coffee and cats. Why not combine both?
To celebrate International Cat Day on August 8, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is teaming up with cafés around the metro area for “Coffee for Cats,” a fundraising initiative in which a portion of the sales will support the group's spay/neuter program.
“For every cat and dog who gets 'snipped' by KLIP (Kapon/Ligation Immediately, Please), countless more won't be born into a world already bursting at the seams with neglected and homeless companion animals,” says PETA senior vice president Jason Baker. “PETA invites people to get their caffeine fix and help 'fix' animals in the community at the same time.”
Guests can order specialized vegan/nondairy coffee drinks to support the cause. Participating cafés include Arabica Philippines in Taguig, Antipodean Manila in Legaspi Village, Corner Tree Café in Bel-Air, The Kismet Café & Wellness Market in Makati, YDG Coffee in Mandaluyong, Manna & Golde in Kamuning, Chemistea in Quezon City and The Fat Seed Café + Roastery in UP Town Center.
Since its inception in 2015, PETA claims that KLIP has sterilized and vaccinated more than 1,000 cats and dogs living in impoverished areas of Metro Manila for free. KLIP staffers transport animals to veterinarians for surgery and treat them for health problems such as mange and parasite infestations — all at no cost to their guardians.