The tussle to be San Francisco’s first cat cafe is heating up. In one corner we have KitTea, which we’ve talked about at length, covering its crowdfunding campaign and interviewing the founders, twice. (We love cat cafes, you see.) In the other corner — or, better yet, perched on the bookshelf and getting ready to pounce — is the Green Cat Rescue Cafe, the brainchild of Artana DeCarlo, who is already in the kitty-caring business as the owner of Sheer Pets Mobile Grooming.
Like KitTea, DeCarlo plans to take the crowdfunding route, according to the San Francisco Business Times. It’s a wise move: KitTea’s crowdfunding campaign earned it $61,000, exceeding its goal of $50,000. (KitTea’s owner is still looking for a location, but hopes to open this spring.)
Also, like KitTea, DeCarlo plans to center it around adoptable cats. In fact, she describes it as “S.F.’s first nonprofit cage-free cat adoption cafe and feline education center.”
However, because of health-code restrictions when dealing with animals and food, DeCarlo is lightening the food-and-drink load of the venture and focusing on the cats.
“A better way to describe it is an indoor cat park,” she told the Biz Times. “We’ll be having complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary beverages. People will be paying for time. There will be a footlocker for your shoes, you wash your hands, and go into the green space, do work, play with cats, do whatever, and when you’re done, you clock out.”
DeCarlo also told the paper that patrons could get food and drink from vending machines (don’t smirk — those are intense these days), and that she’s looking for 1,500 square feet between Castro, Valencia, Haight, and 20th streets in San Francisco. The cafe intends to have as many cat that can fit comfortably.
“Somewhere more than 10, less than 100,” she said.
Green Cat Rescue Cafe is the third cafe planning to open in the Bay Area (another, Cat Town Cafe, is being planned for Oakland, in cooperation with Oakland’s Cat Town shelter). While KitTea has a jump on Green Cat Rescue Cafe, the Business Times says that DeCarlo registered the cafe’s domain name before the news broke about KitTea.
“There must have been something in the air,” she told the Business Times. “We didn’t know about each other. I think we’re all going to have very unique approaches to each of our facilities. I think San Francisco can support more than one cat rescue.”
We think so. When a pop-up cat cafe opened in New York City — The Cat Cafe by Purina ONE, which we wrote about, too! — this was the line out the door:
What do you think? Would you visit a cat cafe, or do you have enough kitty love and Folgers at home? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Via the San Francisco Business Times
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