We just hit 100% funded!!! Thanks everyone for your support so far. AUCKLAND IS GETTING A CAT CAFE :)
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As a direct result of this campaign we have partnered with Lonely Miaow who are: a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and care of stray and abandoned cats and kittens in Auckland.
We have also partnered with FRISKIES who will be supporting our venture!
We would love to hear from you if you have any fundraising ideas, feedback or just want to say hi :) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our website is now up and running www.thecatlounge.co.nz
- you can follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/thecatlounge
- AND you can follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/thecatloungenz
Did you know:
- The Cat Lounge will donate its unsold food items to charities like the Salvation Army & City Mission ?
- The Cat Lounge will be organising and hosting fundraising events for Lonely Miaow? AND will have a display in store with cats available for adoption?
- The Cat Lounge will be working with local resthomes and disability support groups to bring smiles & kitty cuddles to those who need it the most?
- The Cat Lounge will be working with a world renowned animal behavior specialist to make sure the cafe is setup with the cats best interests as an absolute priority :)
We have already picked up the first member of our Cat Lounge Crew *Fuse*
Read more about our Project:
Based in Auckland - New Zealand’s largest city, and spread over 200+sq metres, The Cat Lounge will have modern fit-out and relaxed atmosphere. Half of our site will be run like a normal café, serving locally sourced & award winning fresh roasted espresso coffee and a range of delicious treats baked fresh in store each day.
The other half of our building will be a cat lovers dream! Big comfy couches, free wifi, fully stocked book shelves, Huge TV playing movies & the best and funniest cat clips we can find, and of course home to 10 - 15 of the cuddliest, smoochiest cats and kittens around, who we will source from rescue shelters around Auckland. The room will be filled with plenty of toys for the cats ( & People! ) cat runways & platforms on the walls, scratching posts, pillows and fluffy rugs for when there is no more energy left to play.
The welfare of our cats will be our top priority. They will live in our Café and will have regular vet checkups to make sure they are happy & healthy.The living area for the cats will be like a huge playground! They will literally be able to climb the walls, play with toys or curl up on a beanbag and snooze. The cats will also have their own space where they can get away from people if they need some peace and quiet. We will work with our local cat rescue centres to only bring suitable cats into the café - we will only take on cats that will thrive in the company of people and other cats.
For food hygiene reasons, the kitchen & café area will be kept separated from the cats rooms so all of our food and drinks will be prepared in a cat - free environment. All our food will be available for dine-in or take-away, & you will have the option to take food & drink into the cat room for your visit if you wish.
As part of giving something back to the community, we want to have special days and rates for community groups and clubs, such as seniors (Gold Card discounts) people with intellectual or physical disabilities. (We have large restroom facilities with wheelchair accessibility) and a variety of other groups including the blind foundation, IHC & Cancer Kids to name a few. There are proven health benefits of interacting with cats.
See Link here for some health benefits:http://mritechnicianschools.net/2010/17-health-benefits-of-owning-a-cat/
We have plenty of ideas for options for our customers and we want to make sure you get the best out of your experience with us. We will offer the following outside of our normal trading hours:
- Movie nights
- Date nights
- Private functions
- Club Get-togethers
- Fund raising events
- We can also offer catering for local businesses
What stage are we at now?
Thanks to the hard work of our team we are in the process of securing a modern spacious building on Auckland’s North Shore, spread over 200+sq metres. We have been in talks with the local council and NZ’s leading animal welfare agencies to make sure we can go ahead without any issues, and where possible we will look to go above and beyond what is required to make sure all of our cats are comfortable.. ( read = Spoiled ! ) We would like to open August/Sept2015.
Who are we?
Mike & Vicky have been friends for over 10 years, We first heard of the idea of cat cafes when a friend travelled to Japan years ago & recent media coverage of cat cafes in Australia got us looking for a cat cafe in NZ we could visit, but it hadnt been done yet! So we have decided to go ahead and start our own. Between us we have business and cooking qualifications and over 20 years customer service experience. We both own cats & Yes - I would say that we are crazy cat people. We have a dream of bringing this unique experience to New Zealand.
Why we need your help?
Opening a small business in New Zealand is no easy task. We have done a lot of the hard work already but there is still some way to go. We are putting our own money into this venture but we are also hoping to raise some donations & pre-sales to try and help with the high cost of opening a business.
Any donations from this campaign will go towards our fit-out and creating a great space both people & cats will enjoy, as well as getting our cats initial vet checkups & vaccinations.
*Of course there are always hidden costs & anything we raise above this amount would help us a lot.
Can I help in any other way?
We are looking at any potential partnerships we can come to with cat food suppliers & local vets in the area. We will also need a plumber, electrician and builder for the initial work in the café, if you could donate some of your time to help us out please get in touch. Likewise if anyone would like to donate any cat toys or cages in good condition, that you no longer need, or anything you think might help please contact us.
You can also share this link on social media & help spread the word
Any help at all you can give us would be hugely appreciated : )
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SO FAR!
We have now featured on:
NZHerald Stuff.co.nz North Shore Times ZM The Hits Radio Sport TVNZ ONE News Concreteplayground.com and numerous blogs and message boards.
Terms & conditions. *T-Shirts. FREE SHIPPING within NZ only. Additional charges may apply for rural & international freight. *Complimentary hot drink offer limited to 1 per customer per day max. *Cat cafe picture used above for example only. *Bookings will be essential.
*Please note* If we don't reach our goal we will continue all efforts to open the cafe. Not reaching our goal does not mean The Cat Lounge won't open! It may just mean that our opening will be delayed.
Risks and challenges
There will always be challenges trying open a small business, especially with a concept that hasn't been tried in NZ before. We have done a lot of research and planning over the last 6 months and we have been in talks with the leading animal welfare agencies and the council right from the beginning to make sure that we can proceed.
There are always hurdles along the way and we have faced and overcome a few already. Because this concept is something we are both passionate about, we will do all we can to make this business a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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