Sunshine Kitty Catfe - St Pete's FIRST Cat Cafe

Kitties shouldn't spend their lives in cages - help us help them! Let's open a cat cafe in St Pete!

Ready for St. Pete's first cat hangout? Want to help Friends of Strays get more kitties adopted to their forever homes? Cats can't always ask for help, so we're doing it for them. With our powers combined, we can open St. Pete's first cat cafe where you can work, study, grab a drink or pastry, and most importantly, hang out and cuddle with adoptable cats! Your generous support of this campaign will help build a place that has the potential to save thousands of cats in Pinellas County and beyond!

Kitty Dreams

Hi! I'm AJ and I'm the main human behind this cat cafe project. I have 3 cats of my own and I like to think of myself as a "totally sane cat lady." I worked in veterinary medicine for years and now I work as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital, but I've always wondered how I could merge the two fields to help more cats while making a difference in people's lives as well. That was until about 3 years ago when I visited my first cat cafe and realized it was possible to combine cats, coffee, and community into one amazing space for all to enjoy. I'm so excited to bring this dream to St. Pete and can't wait for you to experience it, too!

What We Need & What You Get

We've acquired a beautiful space in the Grand Central District of downtown St. Pete, but there's still a lot of work to be done before Sunshine Kitty can open its doors and we can cuddle all the cats. The next big steps include major renovations of the space, acquiring appropriate permitting and licensing required by the city and state, and then "catification" of the Cat Lounge so the kitties have the most ameowzing space to live and play in until they get adopted!

Your generous donations will go towards these substantial costs that we'll incur in the coming months as we approach the home stretch of opening St. Pete's first cat cafe. It's been a long time coming and you, SKC tribe, should be rewarded! That's why the donor perks were created with YOU, our community, in mind and we want the final end product that is Sunshine Kitty Catfe to reflect that. Below are the perks levels available.

*When you make your donation, PLEASE be sure to include your email address so we can contact you about fulfilling your perk package!!*


$25+...Catfe Experience for Two: Grab a friend and come check out the Catfe! This perk includes a 1-hour reservation in the cat lounge for you and a guest plus 2 free drinks and 2 free SKC logo stickers.

$75+...Your Pet's Photo in the Catfe: Want to be part of Catfe history? Your pet's photo will be used in the making of custom art to be permanently displayed in Catfe! *Limited time only*

$200+...3 Month Unlimited Membership: UNLIMITED kitty cuddles for you and a guest! Enjoy unlimited visits to the cat lounge for THREE WHOLE MONTHS! (Reservations recommended; subject to cat lounge availability.) Also includes Your Pet's Photo in the Catfe!

$1000+...SKC Black Cat Society Membership: The Black Cat Society is SKC's swankiest membership level! You get 1-year of BCS membership perks which include: access to special events and member discounts; unlimited free cat lounge visits (subject to availability); punch card for 25 free drinks; exclusive BCS merch; Your Pet's Photo in the Catfe; early entry sneak peek before we open; and 2 tickets to the VIP pre-opening party! Plus the added swagger that comes with being a member of one of the most exclusive and mysterious societies around ;-)

*When you make your donation, PLEASE be sure to include your email address so we can contact you about fulfilling your perk package!!*

Cat Cafe? Catfe? What??
If you're new around here, you may be super excited about this "cat cafe" thing everyone keeps talking about, but are still secretly wondering, "What exactly IS a cat cafe??" No worries! It's a common question and we don't mind explaining:

The Catfe is a unique cafe experience, adding the element of cats to the typical coffee house setting. Customers can enjoy locally sourced beverages and treats while relaxing in the company of adoptable cats acquired from our rescue partner, Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. The 'Cat Lounge' is a separate space within the cafe area and provides a relaxed, home-like environment where guests are able to interact with the free-roaming kitties who live there until they get adopted.



The Ultimate WHY: The Impact

For the Cats!
Thousands of perfectly healthy cats and dogs are euthanized each year due to shelter overcrowding. Sunshine Kitty Catfe’s primary goal is to help ease shelter overcrowding and promote rescue animal adoption while providing a stimulating, cage-free foster home for cats to live in while awaiting adoption. Sunshine Kitty Catfe is proudly partnered with Friends of Strays Animal Shelter and through this unique platform we aim to help more homeless and abandoned cats find the loving forever homes they deserve.

The Catfe will provide adoptable cats the socialization and exposure to potential adopters that they may not necessarily receive in the traditional shelter setting. Customers will have the opportunity to spend as much time as they wish with the cats in a relaxing environment where they will be able to see each cat's true personality. This atmosphere will foster stronger bonds with the cats, leading to more successful adoptions, decreasing adoption returns and re-homing efforts, and reducing euthanasia rates by allowing the shelter to take in even more homeless and stray cats in our community.

For the People!
Our second goal is to be of benefit to humans, too! It is scientifically proven that spending time with cats reduces stress, decreases blood pressure, and promotes the release of endorphins in the brain that make us feel happy. It has also been shown that the frequency of the vibrations from a cat’s purr can promote healing within the body. People who already own cats, people who are not able to have cats where they live, and people looking to adopt a new cat will all benefit from the Catfe. Not only will customers have a new space for socializing and working, but it will be good for their health as well! Sunshine Kitty Catfe will be enhancing the well-being of both the cats and the community.

Other Ways You Can Help

Sometimes, despite how much you wish you could donate, you just can't and we totally understand. But, there are still ways you can help!

1. Share, Share, Share, Share, and Share some more!! Tell your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, mail carrier, librarian, barista, hair stylist and anyone else you can think of about our project. Whether they're local or live on the other side of the country, every mention of our mission helps! Social media share links are at the top of this page!

2. Donate your time. Do you perform a service that you think could help us out as we get closer to opening? (examples include cleaning, painting, interior design, landscaping, creating custom artwork, etc) Please let us know! We mean it when we say that Sunshine Kitty Catfe is powered by community!

THANK YOU to all of Sunshine Kitty's supporters thus far....this dream can't become a reality without YOU! Every dollar of every donation goes towards building a special foster home for homeless cats and creating an amazing space for the (cat) people of our community.

Sending so much love and gratitude - can't wait to have you visit when we open!
Warm purrs,

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