Stray Cats Find Home in a Bookstore in Hong Kong

A small bookstore (SAM KEE Bookstore, 森記圖書) in North Point, Hong kong became a little haven for many local homeless and stray cats. According to Chunli who visited the store, the owners of the bookstore have taken in many homeless cats and let them sleep inside, play and hang out with their customers. The kitties are well fed and given plenty of love. They enjoy patrolling the aisles and napping on a stack of books or a customer’s lap.

Many people come to the bookstore to read and spend time with the cats. Some are regular customers who have bonded with some of the 4-legged friends in the store.

The bookstore is a permanent home to many cats who otherwise would be roaming the streets.  They feel very loved and happy there.

One of the kitties adopted into the bookstore

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Two little kittens spending time with a customer

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Welcome sign in the bookstore

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There are many cat trees in the store for the cats to climb and hang out

cute cat stands on cat tree bookstore in hong kong

In every corner of the store, there is a cat bed for the kitties to nap in.

cute bookstore cat in basket

Two of the many cat residents there.

cute bookstore cats in hong kong

cute bookstore cat

cute bookstore cat sleeps in basket

The owners of the bookstore put up photos of each cat they adopted from the streets and created a gallery in the store.

cute cat bookstore in hong kong

The bookstore is decorated with all kinds of cat ornaments

cute cat decoration bookstore in hong kong

Photos courtesy of ©Chunli Duan (flickr: chunli-duan).

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82 Responses to “Stray Cats Find Home in a Bookstore in Hong Kong”

  1. Debbie says:

    Very neat! If I'm ever in Hong Kong, I'm going to visit! :o)

  2. sea says:

    What a wonderful initiative! I love it.

  3. Jenny says:

    Aww. how nice. I wish they put this posting earlier. I was just in Hong Kong last week!!! Just missed this.

  4. Blue says:

    I LOVE it when businesses have animals on their premises. I think it makes for better business AND helps wayward kitties in the process. Kudos to this bookstore! Thank you for being so kind to our fellow Earth inhabitants :-)

  5. hope says:

    What and wonderfully sweet and touching story!

  6. Delyne says:

    This is such a heartwarming story! Since I am a kitty lover, I love going into businesses that have "shop" kitties. They are just more inviting. :)

  7. Trish says:

    What a wonderful story. This is a win, win situation. The cats are off of the street and happy and the customers love coming into the store to spend time with the cats. We need more businesses like this!

  8. Marilyn says:

    Very sweet kitties!

  9. Revenwyn says:

    I have seen maybe 2 businesses in the US where they had animals on their premises. I think people are so concerned with "what if a customer has allergies" that they won't even think about it.

  10. Robin says:

    Ahh-cats and books. Two of my favorites. What lovely people to give these waifs a home.

  11. caroline says:

    great story <3

  12. Katie says:

    What a heart warming story, so generous of the owners to care for these kittens and cats. That is a good reason to go to the bookstore, read a good book and see the cats!!

  13. buthie says:

    GOD blessed these generous people..

  14. anis says:

    brilliant idea,

    like what Dewey has done to the library :)

    • Colleen says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. First thing i thought about was Dewey!!! :) Dewey must be smiling down – wherever he is…

  15. LeoMoon says:

    I would hang out there just to give the cats some attention.

  16. Lashantina says:

    great combo! We have a bookstore with kitties, in Seattle, too.

  17. Bubble says:

    Can someone tell me where the book store is? I am from Hong Kong, I would love to visit there, I am a cat and dog lover. Thx in advance.

  18. Ellie says:

    What a beautiful story. I love the shot of the kittens laying on the old mans lap! Soooo sweet.

  19. Bubble says:

    Can someone please tell me where the book store is? I would love to visit there, because I am also from Hong Kong. Thx in advance.

  20. Jessycalegyst says:

    Aawww this is a commendable effort to help with strays.. true love! Can I haf the addie so I can go visit? I travel to HK twice a year…

  21. Annette says:

    I've been to a bookstore in Hong Kong like this! I wonder if it's the same bookstore? It's in North Point.

  22. Miranda Lester says:

    How much better can it get? Curl up to a good book and a wonderful kitty curls up to you too!! They're safe and happy and make the customers happier :-)

  23. Miranda Lester says:

    WHERE is this bookstore in Hong Kong? Just so that if we ever go there, we know where to drop by to encourage the bookstore owners and cuddle with the kitties. If friends of ours go, we can also send them there!

  24. arabianmau says:

    wish more places like this existed!!! I would go to this book store!!

  25. Kaytee says:

    A bookstore with cats is my idea of heaven!

  26. Mike says:

    Is there an address for this store?

  27. sue says:

    this is fantastic xxx

  28. Lorna says:

    I've been there & the kitties are not afraid of strangers at all:)

    Kudos to the owner of this shop..they provide shelter for over 30 cats in such a small shop. Sometimes I wonder if they can keep up with the expenses..

    for those staying in HK, the address is:



  29. Maysoun says:


  30. Kate says:

    Love this! That is so great that those cats have a place like that to stay <3 I would like to go there!!!

  31. Russell says:

    That's so sweet, makes me think of a book store I visited a few times in San Antonio, TX. It's called 9 Lives Bookstore, they have cats wandering around the store too, not sure if they are strays or cats they just happened to own.

  32. ida says:

    people should go there and buy books from this kind old gentleman and keep the store alive. :-)

  33. Momo says:

    Yay for the owner(s) of the bookstore!!! I'll visit next time I am in HK.

  34. Kathy says:

    I'm going to share this with my daughter who lives near HK and sometimes shops there! TY

  35. Iffat says:

    I work at a University Library here in Canada & feel there is nothing more magical than cats & books together in the same place! My fellow cat-loving friend & I would love to visit one day!

  36. sandie ;) says:

    What a lovely story! Lucky kitties!>^.^<

  37. carole says:

    it is such a good thing that the owner of the bookstore is is also too bad that there are sooo many stray cats.god bless the owner and god bless the cats he cares for.

  38. parihan says:

    This is heaven for the stray kitties waw thats amazing bookstore i want to visit this place.

  39. Jennie says:

    Reminds me of the story, Dewey, the Library Cat about a kitten abandoned in a book drop in Iowa and found by the librarian the next morning. Great book! Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World By Vicki Myron, Bret Witter. He lived to be 19 and was loved by all the town.

    • Ellen says:

      I LOVE this story! What a wonderful home for the cats–and what fun for the customers. This is exactly the type of store that would draw my business–it combines two of my very favorite things–books and cats! I concur with the two above comments about the "Dewey" book; it's heart-warming and inspiring!

  40. Lashantina says:

    I second that comment – everybody must read "Dewey – The Small Town Library Cat" if you haven't read it already!!

    • Colleen says:

      I’ve read it already twice – and listened to the audio book. Someone should write a book about the Cats in this book store. :) would probably make a fortune… :)

  41. Alma says:

    Just like the Dewey story. How sweet to know there are kind people.

  42. Kat says:

    I love the picture 'Two little kittens spending time with a customer'. So sweet.

  43. Charlotte says:

    God's abundant blessings to the precious kitties, the bookstore owners and the feline- loving visitors!! :)

  44. Rita says:

    SO wonderful!!

  45. Cindy Delaurentis says:

    Ok America, one of the reasons I love the Japaneese people….they love their pets, as demonstrated by their recent earthquake & flooding. Who will ever forget the 2 dogs filmed right after the water receded. The one dog keeping close to the injured dog. Then there was the cats of Cat Island. I keep waiting on more stories of Cat Island And I want a up close encounter who ever found the dogs. Where did they go? Who has them? My heart goes out to the men who rescued the dog who was found floating on a house in the sea & rescued by a helicopter! Thanks guys for taking time to rescue the dog. We need to have more stores with stray cats. If more nursing homes, group homes, elder day care facilitys would take in stray cats & dogs, we might just catch up with our friends from Japan.

    What beautiful cats in the library! I bet people donate a lot to keep the cats there. I know I would.

  46. Linda says:

    I wish more businesses had cats or dogs on the premises. I would patronize the business just because of that. Books and cats are two of my favorite things so it is hard to imagine anything better more inviting that a bookstore with cats.

  47. Angie Salanio says:

    I will visit HK if only to see this store and play with the cute cats. Promise!

  48. Susan says:

    Books & cats…what a combination. I wish this idea would catch on (legally) everywhere. People would obviously stay longer & I bet book sales would soar.

    Just a wonderful idea.& I would like to thank the store owners very much for doing this.

  49. Einar (Iceland) says:

    What a great owners of that store. Give these cats a home, food and love. Great story about good people.

    I will go there when i visit Hong Kong.

  50. Ann says:

    Books and cats belong together. As long as all of the strays are polite and there is no stray spray. But something to read and somebody feline to pet is one of the best combinations ever.

  51. Cinda Lippman says:

    I hope they sell lots of books and are blessed many times over for their loving hearts.

  52. Sherri says:

    Every library and bookstore should have its share of cats. It makes it warm and inviting. Most people will frequent the store more often.

  53. pumbie says:

    Oh, it would be like Paradise for me!: my blood pressure goes down among books, my imagination visualizes cats many times…and of course I have my own philosopher-cat. I'll try to read the book by Dewey. Thanks.

  54. Shauna says:

    SO great!

  55. K says:

    I wanted to make a cafe for my cat but maybe she'd like a library more.

  56. Andrea says:

    Beautiful story- What a great idea!

  57. E. Salazar says:

    Every bookstore, if possible, should house at least a cat

  58. Fisher says:

    It seems like the kind of situation where everybody wins. I am sure the patrons love it and are more relaxed, and the kitties themselves look pretty cushy between the stacks.

  59. Jenna says:

    I've only read it four times already.

  60. phyllis says:

    I've been there before! It was great :)

  61. cute animals says:

    That is such a cute story. I will have to check those cuties out if im ever there!

  62. ryuuko says:

    lucky cats!

    someday I want to build a place like this too… :3

  63. Ingrid and the 4 fur says:

    we have a local indie bookstore here in Portland – Annie Blooms – and they have a resident kitty. Sometimes I go just to see kitty Molly! And I usually find a book I need while I'm there…LOL.

  64. Goddess bless these people who have given a safe shelter to these kitties. If I lived there, I would visit every single day. Cats and books are a perfect combo. for me.

  65. Theresa says:

    This story is awesome!

  66. Peggy says:

    Ah, truly heaven on earth: Kitties, books, and time to read!

  67. Nicole says:

    I love this story!! Thank you for sharing it. I live in Hong Kong, in Tuen Mun, which is a bit of a distance away, however I will have to visit one day because the owners are doing such a wonderful thing.

  68. Eric says:

    I’m going to HK in January 2011, does anyone know the exact address of this bookstore, directions perhaps? Thanks!

  69. Mei says:

    inspirational to other library owners!

  70. Hanna says:

    Awe! That’s so kind of the bookstore owners to do that. :)

    That frowny-faced black cat is so cute! XD

  71. Judy says:

    What a heart warming story

  72. nat says:

    that’s so awesome, the bookstore owners are amazing people

  73. Destiny says:

    Two of my favorite things in one place :3 kittys and books

  74. misskitty says:

    what a wonderful man and his wonderful book store!!! I must go there when i visit hong kong!

  75. nuomineko says:

    it really is serendipitous! i found this article, and i’ll be going to North Point, HK in a couple of months! thank you for posting the address! i’ll be sure to visit this bookstore. :D

  76. Lise says:

    I am definitely going to go there soon. What good bookshop owners!

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