A new cat cafe called Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption is coming to Pearl City, HI. Such establishments aren’t a new thing. After all, the first cat cafe was founded in Taiwan in the late 1990s. Subsequently, they spread throughout the rest of the world bit by bit. Having said that, Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption promises to stand out because of its two-part mission. The first part of Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption’s mission isn’t particularly uncommon for cat cafes. In fact, chances are good that interested individuals can guess it based on the establishment’s name. Simply put, cat cafes provide interested individuals with a comfortable space in which to interact with cats, so it makes sense for them to work on convincing those same interested individuals to adopt those same cats. There are a lot of cats out there that need homes, thus making this very important. The second part of Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption’s mission is what makes it stand out. In short, the cat cafe wants to provide young adults with developmental disabilities with skills training as well as job opportunities. Both of which can do a great deal to help them live richer, more fulfilling lives than otherwise possible. Currently, Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption is in the process of being built. Once complete, it will have everything that interested individuals can expect from cat cafes. Furthermore, Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption has stated that there will be a space for behavioral therapy, skills training, and the like. As such, it is no exaggeration to say that the establishment promises to brighten its surroundings, particularly since it has made its inclusive stance very clear.
Why Is This So Important?
There are multiple reasons why Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption matters. Some of these reasons are related to the first part of its mission. In contrast, others are related to the second. For starters, there are a lot of cats out there that need homes. Some people might believe that stray cats are perfectly capable of surviving on their own. However, that tends to be a bit optimistic. Stray cats are exposed to a host of serious issues, which can mean a lot of suffering for them. To name an example, they might not be able to find enough food, which is why so many of them are so malnourished. This is particularly true because stray cats breed very fast, meaning that there is a great deal of competition for the food sources that are available to them. To name another example, cats aren’t very good at grasping the threat that cars can pose to them. As a result, it isn’t uncommon to hear stories about stray cats getting struck by passing cars because they can’t evaluate such threats in the same way that humans can. On top of these, stray cats are exposed to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Thanks to that, they can be afflicted with a wide range of diseases, every single one of which can be painful and otherwise unpleasant. These are but some of the issues that stray cats face, so it is no wonder that so many of them live such short, unhappy lives.
Convincing people to adopt cats can help out with this problem in a surprising number of ways. The most straightforward one would be giving cats that are in need a new home. However, it is important to note that this frees up resources for animal shelters as well as other animal welfare organizations, which can then use those freed-up funds to help out in other ways. Taking care of other cats that are in need of a new home is another straightforward way, but it is also possible for that money to be spent on educating people, helping out stray cats without taking them in, and spaying and neutering stray cats for the purpose of keeping their numbers under control.
Simultaneously, stray cats are one of the most problematic invasive species that can be found out there. Something that is particularly true for Hawaii. For those who are unfamiliar, the island chain had no large predators. As a result, the Hawaiian wildlife don’t have defenses from large predators in the same way that their continential counterparts do because they didn’t need any until the introduction of invasive species in relatively recent times. Chances are good that interested individuals can guess some of them. Rats are one. Pigs are another. Unsurprisingly, cats are a third.
Sadly, cats might be one of the most problematic invasive species as well. They have more than earned their reputation for being excellent hunters. Cats can go after native wildlife that live on the ground. However, cats can also go after native wildlife that live in the trees. Furthermore, they practice surplus killing, which is extra-devastating when the native wildlife isn’t prepared for them. On top of this, cats are big enough to kill not just the baby animals but also their parents, which is a huge issue because the loss of the latter means the loss of every single offspring that they could have gone on to produce. Under these circumstances, it should come as no surprise to learn that there is a great deal of interest in reducing the number of stray cats in Hawaii through various methods. Most ecosystems have some resiliency, meaning that they won’t go under even if they lose one or two species. There is no such thing as an ecosystem with infinite resiliency, meaning that there will come a time when it collapses because too many species are made extinct in much the same manner that there will come a time when a house collapses because its supports are being kicked out one at a time. Finally, there is the matter of Toe Beans & Dreams Adoption providing support to young adults with developmental disabilities. Simply put, different people have different issues. As a result, plenty of them can do amazingly well so long as they get the support that they need. Sadly, that is by no means guaranteed to be the case, which is why having one more source of support can be so important.