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Kristen ReynoldsBy Kristen Reynolds
First created
Kristen ReynoldsBy Kristen Reynolds
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$4,712
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82
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 7 2019 3:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our objective is simple: To create a pleasantly comfortable and cozy “catmosphere” for cats whom are otherwise shy, reserved, and often overlooked in shelters and at adoption events. For every admission to our cat space we provide unlimited self-serve coffee, free Wi-Fi, shared workspace, access to our art space and record shop, and of course, plenty of adorable cats for you to play with! 

I started this idea because I wanted to be surrounded by what makes me most happy: art, music, and animals. My husband and I have always dreamed about opening our own art gallery and record store. I also longed to one day open my own animal rescue ever since I started volunteering with my local shelter in 2007. How sweet is it that we can combine all those things that we love and share it with you?!  

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Below is a breakdown of how the funds raised from Kickstarter will be used:

 TIMELINE:

REACH GOALS: 

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OUR MISSION:

We have a growing problem in America - Too many cats and not enough shelter space. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. At Catfe Diem our goal is to provide a temporary and comfortable environment for cats in a transition period between getting out of their shelter cages and into their forever home.

Our cat space provides a warm, welcoming environment where visitors and volunteers can come and not be depressed from seeing animals in cages, lonely, scared, and longing for human interaction. It is here where our customers can engage with the cats and get to know them on a more personal level where they don't feel like they are being put on display and can act naturally. This in turn also provides more likelihood for adoption for these homeless animals. 

"Lyttle" by Kristen Reynolds Watercolor 2007. This was my favorite cat when I volunteered at the PetSmart kitty windows for the SPCA when I lived in Newport News, VA. Chill af.
"Lyttle" by Kristen Reynolds Watercolor 2007. This was my favorite cat when I volunteered at the PetSmart kitty windows for the SPCA when I lived in Newport News, VA. Chill af.

We've teamed up with Paws for Seniors, a Bealton, VA based 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue organization which specializes in placing senior pets into their forever homes, to provide adoptable cats for our space. In addition to serving as a shared work space (with furry companions) and a self-serve coffee bar, Catfe Diem will also offer its patrons access to a highly curated selection of vinyl records, vintage items, original artwork, as well as Catfe Diem themed merchandise.

With your donation you are helping us open the doors to our establishment and provide the necessary animal care supplies, small business materials, and construction needs to get our catfe project underway. We've already invested so much time and our own money into this project there's no turning back now! With the support of our friends, family, and Brenda & Jim, the founders at Paws for Seniors, and their volunteers we are committed to making this project succeed. We have our eyes set on a retail location we really like in Centreville, VA and will be signing a 3 year lease. 

This is Chance. This sweet girl has been in foster care and available for adoption through Paws for Seniors, partner of Catfe Diem, for 3 YEARS now! Chance is the perfect example of what kind of cats we're looking to give a second chance to and provide more visibility for in our cat space.
This is Chance. This sweet girl has been in foster care and available for adoption through Paws for Seniors, partner of Catfe Diem, for 3 YEARS now! Chance is the perfect example of what kind of cats we're looking to give a second chance to and provide more visibility for in our cat space.

WHO BENEFITS FROM A CAT CAFE?

  • Cats who can flourish in a calm lounge setting thus increasing adoptability
     
  • Rescues who need to make room for more animals to be saved
     
  • Renters who can’t have cats
     
  • Tourists missing their cats at home
     
  • Teleworkers who want  wifi + coffee + cats
     
  • Those in need of a therapeutic and calming environment
     
  • Students who need a relaxing place to study
     
  • Community organizations who want a unique meeting/event location
     
  • Individuals who seek a place to volunteer with animals

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE CATS:

Improved quality of life: The cat lounge is the temporary home for foster cats, which means we house them from our partner rescue, Paws for Seniors. Catfe Diem will be the cats' new home until they are adopted to their forever family. 

Increased adoptions: By putting cats in an environment that's safe and comfortable, we give cats the chance to let their "purrsonalities" shine. Which means you will fall in love and bond with that little fluff in a calm home-like environment and will probably want to take them home with you.  

More lives saved: By fostering cats, we create more space at our partner rescue Paws for Seniors for other cats in need. Their capacity increases, which means more cats can be cared for. Euthanasia rates decrease and Paws for Seniors can save more abandoned and unwanted cats from high kill shelters. This is the future of cat adoptions!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Your admission fee pays for entry to the cat space, free wifi, and one beverage of your choice. Visitors will pay a half-hour walk-in fee, hourly cover charge, or a flat daily rate.

For the safety of our cats and others we do not accept guests under 10 years of age. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. ID may be required.

Guests will be able to book reservations at the cat cafe. All adoptions will go through Paws for Seniors.

Adopt Don't Shop!

Please Spay & Neuter Your Pets

Please enjoy this video highlighting our partner, Paws for Seniors, who will be providing all the adoptable cats to fill our catfe: 

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  • Edit Pledge Amount to reflect the cost of your reward + shipping + additional items wanted (from Add-On Menu).
  • Confirm the change.
  • At the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey to complete so you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest foreseeable obstacles we are anticipating is budgeting for construction and catifying the commercial space. We want our space to feature a vintage and vinyl shop in the front adjacent to the cat lounge where visitors can relax and pet cats. With your financial backing we can better plan and alleviate some of the monetary expenses that we hope to overcome in order to make Catfe Diem a success.

Cat cafes are still a fairly novel idea, so some challenges that may arise are the sheer logistics of how the cat cafe is going to function on a day-to-day basis. That's where you come in! Early Registration Access grants you a first look at the cat cafe's functionality and an opportunity to provide much appreciated feedback on your experience.

Once a retail location is secured, we will be working with Fairfax County to ensure zoning, health, building codes, and all other business guidelines are met.

Q. What happens if our Kickstarter goal isn't reached?
A. With Kickstarter it's all or nothing, so if we don't reach our goal we don't receive a dime and your card isn't charged. This is why your contribution is so important to us! We are fully dedicated to turning our dream into reality, so if our goal isn't reached everything will still go according to plan, but it will push back our timeline by about 6 months. We are 100% committed to this project and bringing this innovative and one-of-a-kind cat cafe experience to the world.

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Support

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    Sticker - Thanks for Your Support!

    Thanks for supporting us! You will receive one Catfe Diem sticker. US shipping included. Everyone who contributes will also be featured on a thank you page on our website. You rock!

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    Your Ex's Name on our Litter Room Wall

    That's right. We're dedicating a plaque in our litter box room for all those who STINK! Got an ex-boyfriend who cheated on you? What about a teacher who was a real jerk? Nominate your least favorite relative or frenemy and we'll add them to our poop list and hang it in our Litter Room.

    Want more? For an additional $5 towards your contribution we will also write their name with a big black permanent marker on the bottom of one of our kitty litter boxes.

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    CATFE DIEM LOGO T-SHIRT

    You'll receive one Catfe Diem Branded T-Shirt (Mens sizes only). Add $5 for shipping if you cannot pick your reward up in store.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT + CAT EARS

    Catfe Diem Exclusive Limited Edition T-Shirt (Mens sizes only) - This shirt will go out of production after the campaign. You'll also receive a cutesy cat ear headband! Add $5 for shipping if you cannot pick your reward up in store.

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    PERSONALIZED COFFEE MUG

    Your personalized Catfe Diem coffee mug will remain in our cat cafe reserved just for you whenever you visit. Only 18 coffee mugs will hang in our catfe with this special honor!

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    EARLY RESERVATION ACCESS!

    Catfe reservations open to you plus one guest before ANYONE else. This GUARANTEES you get a reservation within the first couple weeks of our grand opening. You also get an additional free visit to the cat cafe that can be redeemed in a future visit.

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    COOL CAT SWAG

    You will receive one each of the following:

    -Catfe Diem T-Shirt (Mens sizes only)
    -Cutesy cat ear headband
    -Catfe Diem Coffee Mug (Not personalized)
    -Your Ex's Name written on the bottom of a litter box
    -A preowned 12" vinyl record chosen at random
    -Your name on our Thank You page on our website

    Add $10 for shipping if you cannot pick your reward up in store.

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    ART OR PHOTOGRAPHY PRINT

    8.5" x 11" art or photography print by the founder who is an amazing cat lover artist! Print chosen at random and may not contain cat subject material. US Shipping Included.

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    PET PORTRAIT PAINTING LESSON

    You and a friend are invited to a 2 hour pet portrait painting class hosted by the founder who is a talented cat lover artist! Email us a photo of your cat (or dog, or iguana...) and join us for an acrylic or watercolor paint class with fellow animal lovers. Reservations will open to your group before everyone else (Early Registration Access). You and your friend will also get an additional free visit to the cat cafe that can be redeemed in a future visit. All art supplies and canvases provided by us and of course you get to keep your finished painting of your furry friend.

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    ORIGINAL ABSTRACT PAINTING

    11" x 14" original piece of abstract artwork painted by the founder who is an amazing cat lover artist! Painting chosen at random. US Shipping Included.

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    PERSONALIZED PLAQUE + HANDWRITTEN NOTE

    Thank you for turning our cat cafe dream into a reality! To honor your contribution we would like to immortalize you in a personalized plaque to show your dedication to helping animals. This plaque will be displayed on either one of our cat trees, towers, or bench. You also will receive a personal, handwritten letter from the founders, thanking you for your support.

    Includes:
    • Personalized Plaque on Tower or Bench
    • Handwritten Note from the Founders
    • Your name on our Thank You page on our website
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    TAROT CARD READINGS WITH CATS

    We're holding a private event for a magical night filled with "pawsitive" cat energy, incense, tarot card readings, and holistic healing with crystals. Focus your mind and the tarot card reader will give you a unique insight into your future and allow you to face it with more serenity. An awesome group photo will go up in the cat cafe. All attendees will also get an additional free visit to the cat cafe that can be redeemed in a future visit.

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    LAUNCH PARTY + EARLY RESERVATION ACCESS!

    We will be throwing a super fun launch party before Catfe Diem's doors officially open. You and a date are invited. We will also have awesome music, photo shoots, and hang out time with cats. Think 2-3 hours of chatting with the founders, mingling, and playing with cats! This means you'll also get first dibs on our sweet vintage merch and vinyl records. Also, your photo goes on a wall in Catfe Diem, so you will literally be immortalized in the cat lounge! AND you get Early Reservation Access for you and a friend.

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    EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES!

    You and a friend will get an 8-hour day pass with re-entry and exclusive access BEFORE our soft opening and before we open doors to the public! Introduce the cats to the space, hang out with the founders, listen to selections from our record collection, and get a behind the scenes look at the catfe! This means you'll also get first dibs on our sweet vintage merch and vinyl records. You also get a framed photo of you in the cat cafe. AND you get Early Reservation Access for you and a friend for your first visit.

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    NAME + SPONSOR A CAT

    You will be credited on the cat's profile displayed at the cafe and on our website! You'll get a super fun photo shoot with your sponsored cat and a framed photo of you both will be displayed in the cafe. Or a photo of just you if you can't physically visit your cat. (Keep it PG, kids! No foul or obscene language will be considered for sponsored cat names)

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    PRIVATE PIZZA PARTY + CAT SWAG!

    Private 2 hour pizza party with the cats for a group of up to 15 people. Reservations will open to your group before everyone else (Early Registration 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 a cat swag bag with a cutesy cat ears headband, Catfe Diem t-shirt, and other goodies!

    Includes:
    • Catfe Diem T-Shirt (Mens sizes only)
    • Cutesy Cat Ear Headband
    • Early Reservation Access
    • Free Future Visit
    • Your name on our Thank You page on our website
    • PIZZA for you and all your guests!!
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    FREE ENTRY FOR ONE YEAR + NAME A CAT

    A $3,000 VALUE! Effective from our grand opening start date you’ll receive one full year waived day pass entry fee for one to Catfe Diem. You also get the opportunity to NAME and sponsor a cat! You will be credited on the cat's profile displayed at the cafe and on our website! You'll get a super fun photo shoot with your sponsored cat and a framed photo of you both will be displayed in the cafe. (Keep it PG, kids! No foul or obscene language will be considered for sponsored cat names.)

    Includes:
    • Early Reservation Access
    • Catfe Diem T-Shirt (Mens sizes only)
    • Cutesy Cat Ear Headband
    • Your name on our Thank You page on our website
    • Name + Sponsor a Cat
    • Free Telework Entry Pass for ONE YEAR!
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Funding period

- (30 days)