West Michigan woman hopes to open 'cat cafe' in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Coffee and cats--it sounds like an interesting combo.
A West Michigan woman is teaming up with a cat rescue to bring them together, and Newschannel 3 visited the organization to see what it's all about.
They want to open up a cat cafe in Kalamazoo. A place where cat lovers can grab a cup of coffee and snuggle with a feline friend.
But their efforts all depend on a successful Kickstarter campaign.
It's play time at the Cat Nap Lodge--something many of these cats have come to love.
"We take in the neediest of the needy," said founder Joni Kelley.
They have all been rescued by Cat Nap Lodge founder Joni Kelley, with many brought back from bad injuries and neglect.
Now, they are up for adoption, and could soon be in the spotlight at a new cafe.
"I love cats and I love coffee. So my dream is to kind of share that with other people," said Kzoo Cat Cafe creator Abbey Thompson.
Thompson is teaming up with Kelley to bring the Kzoo Cat Cafe to life.
"Being in the cafe where people see them daily, the cats would be more socialized, more comfortable in the environment. People can come in and see them as they are," Kelley said.
Thompson's vision came from her travels to other cat cafes around the county. It would feature coffee, and a place to unwind with some feline friends.
"If you're having a bad day or just need some kitten therapy," Thompson said.
Kelley is happy to join in the cafe efforts. She says she doesn't have time to socialize with the cats as much as they need.
The pair hopes play time like this could lead to some forever homes.
"It's also a win-win for the cats cause they can get socialized at the cafe, and people can really get to know their personalities and potentially take them home," Thompson said.
The pair also hopes to bring attention to a growing issue in West Michigan.
"Just making the community aware that there is a cat problem in the community. I think a lot of people aren't aware of how many homeless cats there are," Kelley said.
Thompson is hoping to raise $15,000 to make the Kzoo Cat Cafe a reality.
She just launched a Kickstarter campaign, and has until April 9th to raise the money.
Because it's Kickstarter, she has to raise all $15,000, or she gets nothing.