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Catoro Cat Cafe

$2,111 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 2 months
Created September 22, 2018
Catoro Team
There is a national crisis of feline overpopulation across Canada. It was estimated in 2012 that there is one cat to every three humans in Canada. In addition, there are at least 600,000 stray cats roaming the streets. The problem with most cat shelters is that they don't have enough exposure and they aren't perceived to be particularly attractive in the public eye. 

After careful considerations Catoro Cafe has agreed on an exclusive partnership with Cat Therapy and Rescue Society (CTRS). This charity started in 2016 and focuses on urgent medical cases and special needs cats that are often turned away due to expensive medical treatments. They receive zero government funding and 100% of their funding comes from private donation. On average, CTRS takes in about adopts out approximately 1200 cats per year, and since inception in 2016, they have adopted out nearly 5000 cats. These numbers do not even account for the thousands more that are taken in and provided treatment, but then cannot be kept in their care due to overflow. Even if you do not wish to support Catoro Cafe, please donate anything you can to CTRS. Just last year the medical expenses were up to $100,000. Any small donation helps, and anything over $25 will qualify for a tax receipt. http://www.cattherapyandrescue.com/

Please see below for some of the recent cases CTRS has had. **Some images may be disturbing** 

The purpose of this GoFundMe page is specifically for us to build a safe, functional and sanitary shelter for the cats within Catoro Cafe. These are based on the recommendations of CTRS and the Provincial Health and Safety Guidelines outlined by the SPCA. Below is a short list of equipment that we require to keep the cat room sanitary as well as keeping all the cats healthy and well. 100% of your donation will go towards purchasing these items.

1) Quarantine cages

2) Biohazard cleaning station to sanitize litter boxes, dishes and toys
3) Proper Ventilation
4) Steam/Sanitize Washer & Dryer
5) Cleaning supplies & chemicals
6) Vaccinations & tests

We plan to have a long term partnership with CTRS and develop a local community rescue space that can expand to help more cats in the future. 

Our vision is for Catoro Cafe to not only be a place where you come to find a cat for yourself, but instead, a MAGICAL destination where you want to spend hours visiting again and again. Catoro will be an escape from society and from everyday worries. We hope that many people, whether they can or cannot have cats of their own, can spend time with our cats as a way of therapy and to find happiness in our mysterious cat forest. 

Many cat cafes that exist in Asia are simply for customer's pleasure, as in, the cats are just purchased into the store and always kept there for people to play with and not adopt. They only buy the cutest and most expensive cats to draw in the crowds. Our cafe's theme and design is built with this in mind. We want all cats to have a fair opportunity to be adopted, not based just on how they look or how rare they are. This is why we chose to create this whimsical animated forest theme. Just being in the cafe, our guests will feel like they are transported to another world, and any cat in that world will be special for them to see, regardless of the cat's age or appearance. 

Owning pets make many people happier and healthier. But for many people with long work ours, tight budgets, or building restrictions, this just isn't feasible. We also wish to address is the lack of indoor and evening activities for people living in or visiting Vancouver. 

Catoro Cafe is looking to solve both of these problems with Vancouver's first Totoro Forest themed Cat Cafe. We are partnering with one of the lower mainland's largest rescue organizations and showcasing some of their most socialized cats in our cafe setting and allowing patrons to spend time with them and potentially find one to adopt.

The concept for Catoro Cafe is a mysterious cat forest based on the 1980’s Japanese animation “My Neighbour Totoro”.  One side of the business will serve bubble tea and waffle desserts. The other side will be a cat petting area where patrons can pay an admission to come and spend time with rescue cats and potentially adopt one if they are the right fit. A very similar café for reference is called “Temari no Ouchi”, which is located in Tokyo Japan. In Japan, this idea of “nekko no mori”, literally means cat forest. Our aim is to open up to at least 11pm to allow people to stay out for longer and have a place to meet with their friends.

Cafe's in general are designed to be community spaces where people can gather for work or for leisure. An animal cafe is slightly more unique. This becomes a community space for people to interact with animals rather than with other humans, which can be an important factor for many people's mental health and wellbeing.

As a BONUS, we will have few added gifts for those who support the campaign.

$50 donation and over - VIP first access + FREE Entry + FREE Bubble Tea Drink

$15 - $25 - Priority Reservation + Free Bubble Tea

$10- $15 - Priority Reservation + FREE Entry

$5 - $10 - FREE Entry

Under $5 - Priority Reservation

We thank you for your time in reading this and your support for our cause!


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Mr Lulu came to us with very damaged eyes and was already blind, he unfortunately needed what was left of his eyes removed to be able to live pain free. He was then later adopted to a very loving family with his girlfriend Sakari.

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This sweet girl was found with a badly mangled leg on the streets at only 5 weeks old! She needed an emergency leg amputation as it was already badly infected and was beyond repair.

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This sweet boy was found as a paraplegic at only 4 weeks old. He was going to be euthanized at another shelter but we took him on as we believed her deserved a chance. He needed to be bottle fed and was very sickly as a baby. We fundraised tirelessly for this boy so that we could get him a wheelchair and have a neurologist look at him. He was adopted into a loving home at 6 months old after searching tirelessly for someone who would accept him and all his imperfections.

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We rescue many cats and kittens off the streets that have been forgotten and have nowhere to go. Many are very sick and need lots of medical care.

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This sweet girl names pebbles was dropped off at a vet to be euthanized as she had a broken ankle at only 12 weeks old. It needed surgery and multiple casts. Without donations this would not have been possible to save her.

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This 2 year old girl was hung with wire from a tree. It is a miracle she survived, She had very deep wounds all around her neck that took months to heal. Multiple surgeries latter she was fully healed and adopted.

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Jelly bean had a badly ruptured eye that was very painful and needed to be removed. She was only 3 weeks old so her chances of surviving the surgery were very slim however she pulled through wonderfully, this is a photos of her at 6 weeks old and she’s turned into a beautiful scruffy kitten.

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This little one was found without a mom and was carefully bottle fed and raised by a foster mom before she got adopted.

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Without donations none of these rescues would have been possible. It is thanks to you that we are able to continue our work to help those who have been discarded. Please continue to support our work so we can continue to make a difference.
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From the whole Catoro family, we want to say thank you for supporting our business through GoFundMe and showing interest in coming to visit our store!

Christmas is right around the corner and our project is underway! In the meantime, winter will be hard for many stray cats that we can't get to just yet, many will not make it through.

We humbly ask for any support you can give in sharing our GoFundMe page, or Cat Therapy and Rescue at this time. 75% of money donated to our page will go towards building a safe and comfortable home in our private shelter within the cafe. The other 25% will go directly to CTRS in an effort to support their current urgent cases.

Any small amount is greatly appreciated and your donation will also get you one of many bonus offers for when the store opens. Thank you for all your love and support! Catoro Cafe team

As a bonus for being an early supporter, we want to thank you with a small gift. Please follow the QR code or the link below to redeem it. Have a great December!

https://bit.ly/2RL3rKI
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Hello fellow cat lovers of Vancouver! The whole team at Catoro Cafe wants to give a huge thank you to all those who have supported us so far by donating and also just spreading the awareness for our project!

Here's a brief update on what we've done.
1) Location has been finalized and budgets have been set. 666 East Broadway is our guaranteed home for 2019!
2) Store layout and remodelling has been finalized
3) We have two separate contractors we're working with, Hudson Contracting for the structural work, and Imagination Corporation for all of the theming.
4) Vancouver Coastal Health has approved our project and layout in the health and safety aspects.
5) Rescue group partnership confirmed with Cat Therapy and Rescue Society.

Here's what we're working on at the moment.
1) Final logo design and branding
2) Vancouver city development application is underway and waiting for review.
3) Construction commencement eta 1st or 2nd week in December.

We are still far behind our goal of $30,000 to fund the building of the shelter space within our store. There is many expensive commercial grade pieces of equipment we need to purchase in order to facilitate having the high volume of cats each month, keeping them healthy and safe.

You won't want to miss our latest contest! Between now and Feb 28, 2019, Enter our contest for a chance to win 1 of 3 "ONE MONTH UNLIMITED" passes for Catoro Cafe in 2019. All you have to do is share. The more shares you have on our leaderboard, the better chance you have to win. Top 3 leaders take it!

Check our our link below and start sharing today!!

https://bit.ly/2QhTFlW
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Raised by 52 people in 2 months
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