Cat Town Cafe

A collaboration between Cat Town and the Cat Man of West Oakland to bring Oakland its very own Cat Cafe.
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Adam Myatt
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Animals
Oakland, California
United States
1 Team Member

Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center : Crowd Funding Round 2!

So as some of you know, we've already ran one round of crowd funding, but we've had a fair amount people contact us about missing out on the first campaign, so we've launched another for all you late-comers! While this campaign isn't as elaborate as our first, you'll still be able to help us build out our space, get cats out of cages, and into the safe space of our cat-zone to be adopted! Check out our press links below, and our past campaign for more info on what we've got in the works!

March 30th, 2014 : Cat Town Cafe Pop-Up #2!

On March 30th we'll be holding the 2nd Cat Town Cafe Pop-Up! This time we'll be at The Transmission Gallery (770 W. Grand Ave.) in Oakland, with our pals from Bicycle Coffee brewing drinks, bagels from Authentic Bagel Co. and best of all, cats! To guarantee your kitty play time (and help us fund our permanent space) you can choose the Pop-Up Perk over on the right!

Press

FAQ's :

Feel free to send us any questions you've got to cafe@cattownoakland.org, we'll be updating this space as we receive more questions.

  1. Q. What's a Cat Cafe, and where are they? A. Cat Cafes are places where people go to hang out, have a drink, and of course, observe and play with cats! The first Cat Cafe started in Taiwan, and they are quickly spreading all over the world. Japan probably has the most Cat Cafes in operation right now, with cafes popping up in Germany, Hungary, Spain, Paris, London, and now the USA! There have been several attempts to bring Cat Cafes to the US, and we feel between our partnerships with Pet Food Express, Oakland Animal Services, and YOU, we'll put Oakland on the map as the first Cat Cafe in the USA!
  2. Q: Are the cats adoptable? A: Yes! All Cat Town Cafe cats will be adoptable, the cafe is sort of a fun buffer space and socializing zone for the cats. We'll be posting updates to our blog when cats get adopted, and as new cats are brought into the cafe. Every adoption means we can get another cat out of the shelter!
  3. Q: Where will your cafe be? A: We're currently looking into spaces between North Oakland, Piedmont, Uptown, and Jack London Square. 
  4. Q: Will it cost money to go in? A: No, we won't be charging to hang out in our cafe, we will, however, be implementing a time limit (and have a suggested-donation-station). We'll be using a guest-pager system/app to enforce this, sorta like when you go to a crowded restaurant and have to check in to wait for a table. You can hang out in the cat-free side of the cafe while you wait, or go run errands and we'll notify you as it becomes your turn to visit the cats.
  5. Q: What will the time limit be? A: During what we're considering will be peak hours (most nights & weekends), it will be between 60-90 minutes. During non-peak hours, it will be 90 - 120 minutes. We want the space to be a comfortable place for people to come and spend a bit of time, and don't want to have so many people coming in and out that it overwhelms our cats.
  6. Q: How many cats will you have, and where will they be from? A: We anticipate having a rotating group of 6 - 12 cats (mostly depending on the final size of the space. We'll be working with cat behaviorists to make sure whatever we do is great for the cats). All of our cats will come from Oakland Animal Services (OAS), Oakland's city shelter. Cat Town has an existing partnership with OAS and already gets all its cats from there. We'll be working with a small staff to run the cafe, and a group of volunteers to keep patrons and the cats company during regular business hours.
  7. Q: Will there be cages? A: Absolutely not! Cat Town's mission is to get cats out of cages. The Cat Town Cafe is meant to be an open, fun, and safe space for them.
  8. Q: What will your hours be? A: This is yet to be determined, but we'r  e anticipating somewhere between 10 or 11am to 8pm
  9. Q: What if you don't get your funding? A: Regardless of where we end up with our funding, we'll still be able to make the Cat Town Cafe happen! We've secured some extra funding via Cat Towns partnership with Maddie's Fund, who gives grant money to Cat Town for every cat they get adopted. While Cat Town uses the majority of that money on the cats they care for, we're setting a little aside to build up a little financial safety net.
  10. Q: I want to volunteer! How can I help? A: We'd love to talk to you! Please drop us a line at cafe@cattownoakland.org

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$1,600USD
raised in 2 months
160% funded
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Verified Nonprofit
$1,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 23, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Cat Town Cafe Drink Card

    A pre-paid drink ticket, useable for any drink (hot or cold) once we've opened our doors to the general public!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    Cat Town Cafe Mug Pack

    A Cat Town Cafe mug, stickers, and 1 drink voucher.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $35USD
    Cat Town Cafe T-Shirt Pack

    A Cat Town Cafe t-shirt, stickers, and 1 drink voucher.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    CTC 'Soft-Opening' Ticket

    A special invitation to an hour long 'soft-opening' visit. We'll schedule a date and time for small groups of backers to come in and help get the first batch of cats acquainted with the space before our grand opening. Plus free drinks, snacks, and stickers!

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    Sponsor a Cat Town Cafe Cat

    Sponsor a Cat Town Cafe cat! Your funding will help provide food, vet care, and waive the adoption fees for a Cat Town Cafe cat. You'll receive an 8x8 print of the cat you sponsor, as well as an invitation for 1 to a scheduled 'soft-opening' event, and a CTC Drink Card good for any hot or cold drink in the cafe.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $200USD
    CTC Hooded Sweatshirt Combo

    A combo, including a Cat Town Cafe Hooded Sweatshirt, mug and stickers, 1 Drink Card good for 12 coffee/tea drinks, and 1 ticket to one of our 'soft-opening' events!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $300USD
    Private Group 'Soft Opening'

    We'll schedule a private, 90 minute 'soft-opening' session for you and your closest crazy-cat-loving-friends (up to 7 other people!), with drinks and snacks provided for all. Plus you (the backer) will also get a Cat Town Cafe t-shirt and a CTC Drink Card good for 12 coffee or tea drinks.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Year Long CTC Membership

    A year long Cat Town Cafe membership card which gives you priority check-in for you and a guest, a CTC Drink Card good for 12 drinks, and an invitation to a 'soft-opening' session for you and a guest. You'll also receive a Cat Town Cafe T-Shirt, Mug, and stickers.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Lifetime CTC Membership Card

    This perk will get you a Lifetime Cat Town Cafe Membership Card, which gives you priority check-in for you and a guest, a CTC Drink Card good for 24 drinks, and an invitation to a 'soft-opening' session for you and a guest. We'll hang a thank you plaque in the cafe, and name one of our incoming cats after you! You'll also receive all the CTC merch that we've got in the works >^. .^<

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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