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El Gato is a themed café and adoption center partnered with the Houston Humane Society. Our CATalyst is the love of cats and coffee.
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 Houston, are you ready for a cat café? Support El Gato Coffeehouse and help us become the first cat café in Houston. Never visited a cat café? Please allow us to tell you more about the experience and the benefits it provides to the cats.

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 Step into El Gato Coffeehouse where you are greeted by the most fascinating of hosts. Don't expect the same greeting on each visit, as unpredictability makes the experience magical. Will you be working for the affection of the cats OR will multiple felines compete for your attention by showing off their prowess and sweet kitty charm? Each visit will reveal a different experience.  

What you can expect is a space where you can relax or play among cats while taking pleasure in a cup of joe. Interested in adopting a cat?  Purrfect, as we are in partnership with the Houston Humane Society to find furrever homes for los gatos.

Benefits of a Cat Café 

  • Increases cats’ chances of adoption through socialization  
  • Provides a better life for a stray or shelter cat while waiting to be adopted 
  • Petting a cat reduces blood pressure and anxiety levels  
  • Cats provide companionship and are a Purr-fect cure for loneliness  

El Gato will also give back to the Houston community by supporting local charities, vendors, artists and craftsmen while also educating the community on caring for homeless and feral cats.

El Gato Coffeehouse will offer a full calendar of events including live meowsic from local artists, yoga night, art classes and mewvie nights.

Over 4 thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and worshiped as gods and goddesses. Our kitty residents will be returned to their thrones at El Gato Coffeehouse, as the cat lounge will be tailored to their needs allowing plenty of upward mobility and paths to run and jump. Our guests will behold the magical transformation of a shelter cat into a happy, well-adjusted cat looking to find his or her furrever pet companion.

El Gato is more than just a café with cats, music and treats. El Gato will provide an enchanting, altruistic experience for our customers and a playful and loving foster home for los gatos. El Gato is building community over the shared love of cats and coffee.   

 

Risks and challenges

The city of Houston is not as excited about the cat café as the rest of us. They love the idea of helping the homeless cat community, but they are not in love with the commingling of food and beverages with felines.

We met with the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department to understand the health code requirements for permitting and discussed the manner in which El Gato can receive permitting. Formal approval can not be granted until a location is secured and blue prints are submitted. We are positive that we will be able to find a suitable arrangement that provides the necessary separation between the food preparation and the cats.

Fortunately, the Blue Cat Café in Austin, which opened in late 2015, has paved the way for other cat cafés in Texas. We have faith that Houston will prove to be just as hip to cat cafés as those cool cats in Austin.

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    El Gato Logo pin

    Show that you are a founding backer of El Gato with an El Gato logo pin.

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    Thank you email from Los Gatos

    As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a thank you email from our first batch of adoptable kitties. Email will include pictures of Los Gatos happy in their new foster digs.

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    El Gato Cat Lounge Pass

    Come and enjoy the company of Los Gatos with this pass into the El Gato Cat Lounge. This pass is good for one-time entry into the cat lounge in the permanent location and can be used within a year from open date.

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    El Gato Logo Decal

    Show your support for El Gato with this 3'' vinyl El Gato brand logo decal.

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    Community Pack

    The Community Pack includes an El Gato Koozie, 3'' vinyl El Gato brand logo decal, an El Gato logo pin, a thank you email from the Houston Humane Society Cats AND bragging rights as a founding El Gato supporter.

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    Cat Yoga

    Enjoy a playful yoga class with the cats instructed by a certified yoga teacher. This pass is good for one class.

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    El Gato Logo Tote Bag

    Show everyone just how tote-ally cool of a cat you are with an El Gato logo tote bag.

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    Logo T-shirt

    Show your support for El Gato in style with this light weight El Gato branded t-shirt.
    Available in army green, forest green, and dark gray.

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    Logo T-shirt (no shipping)

    Please only select this option if you are purchasing t-shirt at an event (i.e. in person)- as this option does not include shipping. We will have to charge you separately for shipping if this option is selected and requires shipping.

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    Logo T-shirt AND Decal

    Show your support for El Gato in style with this light weight El Gato branded t-shirt.
    Available in army green, forest green and gray (Adult sizes). Available in beige for children.

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    Portrait with your Favorite Gato

    Schedule a cat photography session either with your cat or with the resident Gatos upon opening. The digital portraits can be blown up and mounted on any frame up to 16 x 20, or placed onto card stock perfect for Christmas cards.

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    Sponsor a Kitty

    Sponsor a kitty and become the namesake of the sponsored kitty. The Sponsored Kitty will thank you on social media and on the El Gato website. AND you'll receive a cat lounge pass (good for 4 hours) so you can bond with your sponsored kitty.

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    Dia de los Muertos Hello Kitty painting

    One Lucky cat lover will have the purrivilege to add the Dia de los Muertos Hello Kitty to their art collection. The Dia de los Muertos Hello Kitty is an 8x10" painting by Artist, Lizbeth Ortiz, from East End Studio Gallery in Houston. Visit elgatocoffeehouse instagram for picture of painting. View more of Lizbeth's art at her booth at the Pop-up Party on 8/14.

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    El Gato Cat Wall of Fame

    Receive recognition on the El Gato Cat Wall of Fame.

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    2 Cool Cat Passes to Pre-Opening Party

    Join the cool cats at the pre-opening party. Party the night away in celebration of El Gato's opening. El Gato will provide live meowsic, beautiful kitties and tasty beverages.
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    VIP Cool Cat Passes to Pre-Opening Party

    Join the cool cats at the pre-opening party AND receive 2 unlimited access passes to the El Gato Coffeehouse (good for one year), as well as 4 guess passes (good for 4 hours each).
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    Private Event in the Cat Lounge

    Private Event in the Cat Lounge (6 hours) includes use of the facility to host a one-time private event on the date of your choice [determined on availability and first come basis]. Please contact Renee for additional details. Capacity limitations will be set by the space secured, but tentatively expect that we could accommodate as many as 40-50 guests.
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    Help us a build a Catio

    A catio is an outdoor patio that allows the cats to receive fresh air and solitude. It is an essential element of "catification." Help us build a catio for a sponsorship of $8k and it will be dedicated in your name or your company's name. Message Renee for more details on sponsorship.

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    Sponsor Climbing Tree

    A towering, majestic, climbing tree will be the focal point of the cat lounge. For a $10k sponsorship, the magnificent tree will be dedicated in your name or your Company's name. Please email Renee to coordinate details of the sponsorship.

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