River Kitty Cat Café

River Kitty Cat Cafe in downtown Evansville is a nonprofit program of the Vanderburgh Humane Society! Approximately 20 adoptable VHS cats call our Main Street cafe home at any given time! River Kitty serves a wide variety coffee drinks, smoothies, teas, beer, and wine, which can be enjoyed in our cat lounge or carried out, and treats including over a dozen flavors of macarons and a rotating variety of other baked goods. There is a small fee to visit the cats in the lounge ($6 for 30 minutes, $8 for 60 minutes), which helps fund their care through VHS until they are adopted. Food, drinks, and merchandise may be purchased without entering the lounge.

Gift cards may be redeemed for all goods and services available at River Kitty, incuding cat lounge time!


Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

River Kitty opened in July 2017 with a resounding success. It began as a for-profit business venture from two local cat lovers, Nancy & Annette, who chose the VHS as the cat adoption partner. River Kitty recently celebrated its 1,000th adoption! This adoption partnership has been a game-changer for VHS cats and vital in our lifesaving mission.

In 2019, Annette & Nancy approached the VHS about selling River Kitty to focus on other endeavors in their personal lives. They were hopeful that the cafe could be transferred under VHS ownership. That dream became a reality in November 2019. Since then, all proceeds from the cafe now benefit the animals of the VHS.

Evansville's cat cafe is located at 226 Main Street downtown. The menu includes macarons, coffee, tea, wine & beer with a carry-out license, and healthy smoothies. We also offer special events like birthday parties, yoga + cats, feline painting parties, and more. Find out details and make a reservation for the Cat Lounge on the River Kitty website. Also follow the shenanigans of the cats on Facebook and Instagram!