About this project
Feline Cafe will be a cat cafe located in Ottawa, Canada, where you can enjoy the company of feline friends while eating delicious food and coffee. We aim to be a calm and happy space where you can get some purr-therapy and give love to rescue cats who need care. I'm here today to offer YOU an opportunity to be a part of this amazing project.
The concept of a cat café originated from Asia, quickly spread to Europe, and recently sprung up in North America. You may have heard of other cat cafes in nearby cities such as Montreal and Toronto. Feline Café will be the first of its kind in Ottawa!
Feline Café will be a fusion between a coffee shop and a foster home for cats from local rescues. The cafe will be community-focused and set up as a social-purpose business. This means that all profits are reinvested into its mission - to save more cats!
I’ve always loved animals and had a passion for volunteering at a young age. You may know me as a volunteer with local non-profits (National Capital Vegetarian Association), or from my blog (Vegan Bananas). When I adopted my cats from the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, I was exposed to the extreme need to help homeless cats in this community. My love for cats, combined with my formal business education, has fueled this project to where it is today.
There is an awful overpopulation problem for cats in Ottawa, resulting in too many cats that need veterinary care and homes. The local rescues are often operating at maximum capacity, meaning there are still cats who are being turned away because there just aren’t enough resources to help them.
It is possible to help them and a cat café is the perfect framework to do so. Our mission is to take in cats as fosters from a local rescue, and give them a happy and healthy environment within which to thrive. The goal is to find our feline residents their loving forever homes. And yes, this means that our cats will be up for adoption! So, if you fall in love with a kitty, you can apply for the adoption during your visit to Feline Café.
Another perk to this project is that we can help people too! Research has shown that interacting with animals and the soothing sound of cats purring have some great health benefits. It has been shown to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and more. Feline Café will be a welcoming place for those who can’t adopt. Sometimes housing situations, travel and allergies can prevent animal lovers from adopting their own cat. There are plenty of benefits for both cats and humans. Talk about therapeutic!
Let's talk about the food. You can expect some traditional coffee shop fare like coffee, tea, sandwiches, and desserts. There will also be a couple of unique and delicious menu items that I’m working on for you. We love all animals, so our menu will be all vegan, cruelty-free, and sourced ethically as much as possible. Also, not to worry - the kitchen will be a separate, cat-free zone. We’ll be following very strict food-handling rules to keep everyone happy, healthy, and the space clean.
We are currently working to find the right location for Feline Café. We love Ottawa, and we want to find a central spot that fits our needs. Even if you are not in the Ottawa area, you can still be a part of this wonderful project. We have a selection of perks that can be redeemed outside of the area too.
Our initial goal of $5,000 will help to cover some of the start-up costs of opening the café. It will pay for things like kitchen equipment, renovations, permits, the Kickstarter fees and of course, the rewards. Check out our cute mug!
$5,000 will help get us started, but the project is going to cost much more. We want to build some funky cat furniture, and host events for our human visitors such as yoga classes and movie nights. We set a stretch goal of $15,000, which would allow us to take Feline Café to the next level.
If we reach $10,000 (halfway), we will unlock the Feline Café T-Shirt reward!
Remember that this is an all-or-nothing campaign, which means that if we don't reach our $5,000 goal, Feline Cafe gets nothing.
Please consider pledging your support to help us bring this vision to life. I’ll be posting updates on our social media channels, so be sure to connect with us using @FelineCafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also get updates and news of our grand opening via email if you sign up for our Meowsletter here.
Thank you so much for watching this video and contributing, because every dollar makes a difference! It means the world to me - and to the cats. We have a great selection of rewards available, so take your pick and we look forward to welcoming you when we open our doors!
Risks and challenges
Opening a business take a lot of up-front investment and is a risky endeavor. We're prepared to face this - we've come up with solutions for these in our business plan. In the unlikely event that Feline Café fails to open, we will donate all the leftover funds to our affiliated cat rescue. Then, it's back to the drawing board for the project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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