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Cats shouldn't live in cages. Cat lovers shouldn't miss out on the joy of cats. Two problems, one solution.
Cats shouldn't live in cages. Cat lovers shouldn't miss out on the joy of cats. Two problems, one solution.
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GOALS & STRETCH GOALS!

 We have a problem. There are too many cats living in shelters. 

We have another problem. There are too many people who love cats, but rarely find themselves in the company of their favorite animal. Why? Because...well, life.

Sad, right?!

You know how we can solve both those problems? A cat cafe.

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THE PROBLEM

Washington DC has a lot of shelter cats - these cats live in cages for months, sometimes years, and many never find a home. Eventually, some of them have to be put down. 

Washington DC also has a lot of people who are in love with cats. They love being around cats because cats make them feel relaxed, loved, and happy.

Wait. Sounds like supply and demand are both flourishing. So why do we have so many cats that live in shelters, deprived of a home and companionship? And why do we have so many people who yearn for the company of cats but can't seem to find it?

Well, because there's a gaping hole in the market. Because the "you either have a pet cat or volunteer at the shelter to be in the company of a cat" model doesn't work. Let me explain. 

We can't all have pets - as much as we would love to. Life is busy! We already have so much on our plates! And isn't having pets a less extreme version of having babies?! Whoa. NO THANKS. But wait...can I still cuddle with a cat? Like, in the 'no strings attached' way? Oh, I have to go to a shelter for that? Okay never mind, those places make me really sad. I'll just wait a few years. One day far, far away - I'll get a cat.

And the problem continues.

THE SOLUTION

Crumbs & Whiskers solves this problem by creating a space that looks like your favorite coffee shop - but with adoptable cats! You don't have to go to a shelter that makes you feel really sad, overwhelmed, and guilty to get some cat play time anymore. And you can also stop hating your anti-pet landlord and/or your busy lifestyle for getting in the way of cat cuddles. Win.

    All the cats in the space will be provided by the Washington Humane Society and will be up for adoption, but if you are not ready to be a mom or dad just yet, that's totally cool. At Crumbs & Whiskers, you can get your pet fix but with no strings attached (unless of course, you attach them yourself) and in an environment that is fun and relaxing. Unlike the shelter, Crumbs & Whiskers provides a fun and comfortable environment so that people can feel the things they seek when spending time with a pet - love, happiness, and comfort. 
    Okay so this is awesome for people, but how does this benefit the cats? Glad you asked! 
  • Improved quality of life: The cat cafe is also the foster home for these cats, which means we rescue them from our partner shelter, The Washington Humane Society. Crumbs & Whiskers will be the cats' new home until they are adopted out. 
  • Increased adoptions: By putting cats in an environment that's safe and comfortable, we give cats the chance to let their personalities shine. Which means you will fall in love with that little guy way faster than your brain can process right now. And you'll probably take him home.
  • More lives saved: By fostering cats, we create more space at our partner shelter for other cats in need. Their shelter capacity increases, which means more cats can be cared for. Euthanasia rates decrease. YES.

This is the future of cat adoptions.

HOW IT'S GOING TO WORK

All food and drinks will be provided by our partners. Visitors will pay an hourly cover charge. Initially, as we expect demand to be high, reservations will be required. We'd rather do that than have our customers form huge lines outside and wait for long periods of time. 

Guests will be able to book hourly reservations at the cat cafe. All adoptions will go through the Washington Humane Society.

SO, WHERE ARE WE IN THE PROCESS?

1. Location: We have our eyes set on a location and are in the process of signing a lease.

2. Zoning: We have filed for a Zoning Special Exemption under the specific property we are leasing. Our hearing date is March 24. If approved, Crumbs & Whiskers will open in summer 2015, barring any additional administrative/government approval-related delays.

WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?

As with any cafe, the interior decor and atmosphere are EXTREMELY important to creating a memorable experience. The cat cafe's interior has to be optimized for humans as well as cats, which will make it a very unique and quirky space. Your contribution determines how much fun we (and the cats) can have with the space!

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Risks and challenges

1. Zoning: As an animal boarding facility, Crumbs & Whiskers has to get a Zoning Special Exemption from DC's Board of Zoning Adjustment. Our hearing date is set for March 24, 2015. Although we have a strong case, there is a small likelihood that we will be denied a special exemption. In that case, this Kickstarter campaign will be closed and no one's cards will be swiped. The length of this campaign is intentionally set to go past the zoning hearing date so that we are able to cancel this campaign in the event that we get denied a special exemption. So don't worry about funding a cat cafe that could possibly get denied - you will not be charged anything in the case of a zoning denial.

2. Department of Health: As you can imagine, combining food and animals under one roof raises many eyebrows at the DOH. We are working with the Department of Health to ensure that Crumbs & Whiskers complies with all food safety regulations.

3. Logistics: This is a very novel concept and as a result, poses some extremely unique operational challenges. This is where you come in! We are giving backers early access so you can help us test out the concept in real time! We will be listening HARD when you tell us about your experience. And thank you for helping us figure this out!

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    HI-RES PHOTOS

    Adorable hi-res photos of our cats - great for your phone or desktop wallpaper! Thank you!

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    YOUR EX'S NAME. OUR KITTY LITTER BOX.

    As a token of our appreciation, we will write your ex’s name in one of our kitty litter boxes. In permanent marker of course. Or your boss’ name. Or in-laws? Spread the hate!

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    POSTER + POSTCARDS + LITTER BOX OPTION

    12 x 18" poster of our cats (see mockup) + set of 4 polaroid postcards + name of someone you don't like in our kitty litter box. The Polaroid postcards will feature really awesome photos of the cat cafe. Add $5 for shipping if you cannot pick your reward up in store.

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    POSTER + POSTCARDS + LITTER BOX OPTION: PICK UP IN STORE ONLY

    12 x 18" poster of our cats (see mockup) + set of 4 polaroid postcards + name of someone you don't like in our kitty litter box. The Polaroid postcards will feature really awesome photos of the cat cafe.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT + POSTCARDS + LITTER BOX OPTION

    I <3 CATS Exclusive T-Shirt - This shirt will go out of production after the campaign. You also receive the set of 4 postcards and name of someone you don't like in our kitty litter box. Add $5 for shipping if you cannot pick up your reward in the shop.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT + POSTCARDS + LITTER BOX OPTION: PICK UP IN STORE ONLY

    I <3 CATS Exclusive T-Shirt - This shirt will go out of production after the campaign. You also receive the set of 4 postcards and name of someone you don't like in our kitty litter box.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: TOPCAT ACCESS!

    Cat cafe reservations open to you + a date before ANYONE else. This GUARANTEES you guys a reservation within the first couple weeks of the cat cafe’s opening (first couple days if you’re quick!) Includes 1 hour at no cover charge for you and your plus one. You guys also get all 4 post cards when you visit!

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT + YOUR PHOTO ON OUR WALL OF FAME

    I <3 CATS Exclusive T-Shirt - This shirt will go out of production after the campaign. We will also put up a Polaroid of you on one of our walls - so you will literally be part of the cat cafe!

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    ART PRINT

    8.5 x 11" Art print (See design) by an amazing cat lover artist! US Shipping Included.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT + POSTCARDS + LITTER BOX OPTION + YOUR PHOTO ON OUR WALL OF FAME

    You will receive the Limited Edition T-shirt, the postcard set, and the option to contribute any name of your choosing to our kitty litter box. A polaroid of you will also go up on one of our walls- so you will literally be a part of the cat cafe!

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    TOPCAT ACCESS!

    Cat cafe reservations open to you + a date before ANYONE else. This GUARANTEES you guys a reservation within the first couple weeks of the cat cafe’s opening (first couple days if you’re quick!) Includes 1 hour at no cover charge for you and your plus one. You guys also get all 4 post cards when you visit!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: LAUNCH PARTY + TOPCAT ACCESS!

    We will be throwing a super fun launch party before the cat cafe's doors officially open. You and a date are invited! We will have awesome music, silly photo shoots, and dance parties with cats. Think 2-3 hours of chatting with the founder, goofing, and cat photo shoots! Also, your photo goes on a wall in the cat cafe, so you will literally be a part of the cafe! AND you get Topcat Access for you + a friend. And no cover charge on your first visit.

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    HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER + ART PRINT + POSTCARDS

    Thank you for turning this dream into a reality. You will receive a personal, handwritten letter from Kanchan, thanking you for your support. Plus the art print and postcards!

    US Shipping included.

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    LAUNCH PARTY + TOPCAT ACCESS!

    We will be throwing a super fun launch party before the cat cafe's doors officially open. You and a date are invited! We will have awesome music, desserts, silly photo shoots, and dance parties with cats. Think 2-3 hours of chatting with the founder, eating, goofing, and playing with cats! Also, your photo goes on a wall in the cat cafe, so you will literally be a part of the cafe! AND you get Topcat Access for you + a friend. And no cover charge on your first visit.

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    LAUNCH PARTY + TOPCAT ACCESS! (BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!)

    We will be throwing a super fun launch party before the cat cafe's doors officially open. You and a date are invited! We will have awesome music, desserts, silly photo shoots, and dance parties with cats. Think 2-3 hours of chatting with the founder, eating, goofing, and playing with cats! Also, your photo goes on a wall in the cat cafe, so you will literally be a part of the cafe! AND you get Topcat Access for you + a friend. And no cover charge on your first visit.

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    EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES!

    Introduce the cats to the space, hang out with the founder, and get a behind the scenes look at the cat cafe! You also get a framed photo of you in the cat cafe. AND you get Topcat Access for you + a friend at no cover charge on your first visit.

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    EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES PARTIES + TOPCAT ACCESS!

    Introduce the cats to the space, hang out with the founder, and get a super fun behind the scenes look at the cat cafe! You also get a framed photo of you in the cat cafe. AND you get Topcat Access for you + a friend at no cover charge on your first visit.

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    YOUR NAME. IMMORTALIZED.
    AND LAUNCH PARTY + TOPCAT ACCESS!

    Your name (or the name of someone you choose) will be permanently inscribed on one of our coolest cat play structures!

    You and a date are also invited to our launch party! You guys will also get Topcat Access and no cover charge on your first visit.

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    SPONSOR + NAME A CAT

    You will be credited on the cat's profile displayed at the cafe! You'll get a super fun photo shoot with your cat, all the information about your chosen cat, and regular updates on their health and activity (if you'd like to receive these updates). Also, a framed photo of you + your sponsored cat will be displayed in the cafe. Or a photo of just you if you can't physically visit your cat! You + a friend also get early access to the cat cafe, no cover on your first visit, and an invitation to the launch party!

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    PRIVATE PARTY!

    Private 2 hour party with the cats for a group of up to 30 people. Reservations will open to your group before everyone else (Topcat access). An awesome photo of your group will go up in the cat cafe. Your entire party will also get an additional free visit to the cat cafe that can be redeemed in a future visit. Lastly, each of you will each get the entire set of Polaroid postcards, the poster, the limited edition T-shirt, and name of someone you don't like in our kitty litter box.
    YOU GUYS ROCK.

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