As reported last week, a cat cafe is in the works for the Mile High City. The Denver Cat Company is aiming to become the city's first example of the phenomenon that started in Japan, but has popped up in cities like Paris and London.
Tomorrow is the last day of a crowd-funding campaign to raise $25,000, with a little more than $5,000 raised so far. Though the support is much-needed, founder Sana Hamelin, a reformed lawyer, is determined to bring the concept to fruition, exploring traditional loan options, as well as possibly extending the crowd-funding campaign while a location is sought.
Because Hamelin created her own fundraising website, she has the flexibility to alter the terms, and will honor the rewards for donations regardless of whether the goal is met. Since the first word of the Denver Cat Company was reported, Hamelin has seen a noticeable increase in website traffic and pledges, with people even mentioning it at the Acro-Cats show over the weekend.
"That was kind of unexpected, because I didn't know the reach was so big and that was exciting to see that word is getting out," Hamelin says. "With people saying they want to help out and donate and contribute services, it's been really heartwarming."
Hamelin also has the ball rolling with the health department, which has no immediate concerns regarding the plans, as well as a partnership with the Teller Street Gallery & Studios to display works for sale from local artists in the future cafe. In addition, she's been speaking with shelters to secure an arrangement for the cats that will be rotating through the cafe and up for adoption.
To donate to the crowd-funding campaign, visit the Denver Cat Company's website.
Photo courtesy of Denver Cat Company
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