A little bit of context.
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a huge strain on CatCafe Lounge's future life-saving capabilities. 100% of CCL's revenue comes from visitors paying their contribution fee when they visit. LA initiated their Stay At Home order in March and has since implemented mandatory 50% occupancy reductions. Yet our financial obligations cannot be reduced by half. Due to these uncertain circumstances, CCL is on the brink of running out of money and at risk of not being able to continue to save lives. We need an outdoor option for guests NOW and this would become even more important if another mandate to “outdoor only” is put in place. Additionally, of course, the cats will LOVE an outdoor option too!!
Why save CatCafe Lounge?
WIthout CCL, hundreds of cats will not be saved from euthanasia. Since opening in 2018, CCL has helped save 418 cats! Just think where those cats might be if CCL didn't exist?
CATS: CatCafe Lounge is like a rehabilitation center for cats. It was designed to provide an enriching space that fulfills all of their behavioral needs. Plus, we have an ameowzing and genuine team of caregivers that help rehab our cats and assist them in finding their perfect furever home. These 2 things are so important because many rescue cats can experience a myriad of traumatic events until they settle happily into a furrever home. Whether they were in the shelter, ill, or injured, living on the street or fending for their lives - rescue cats often come to us scared, not knowing what the next transition will mean for them. Being in a cage at the shelter or rescue is daunting no matter how kind their caregivers are. These stress inducing experiences take their toll on cats, or any being for that matter. But when they are at CCL, they are able to be themselves, and have control of their wellbeing, and not live in a stressful environment while they await a new furever home.
PEOPLE: You love CCL and we love you! We are well known for our relaxing and genuine vibe. Whether a guest visits because they are looking to adopt or not, they are still helping to support our mission by contributing to the socialization of our cats. We love seeing your de-stressed smiling faces at CCL because it reminds us that we also provided a sort of “therapy” or a moment for you to relax and reset. Not only do our guests feel good about supporting an incredibly worthy cause, but they also physically feel less stress during and after their visit.
Adopted (plus 409 more!)
Featuring: Suki, Hulk, Wally, Kyle, Scout, Parker, Zane, Maurice, & Mila
In total we need to raise $42,000 to sustain operations for 2 months and to implement the catio enrichment project.
CATIO: $9,500 The catio will provide enrichment for both our cats and our guests. Funds are needed to install a partition for a secure storage space, and create LOTS of custom climbers and shelves for the kittos. PLUS, if LA County moves retail to outdoor only, we would have an option to continue to operate, as opposed to having to shut down entirely, again! Creating a catio is like adding a new addition to your home, we’ll be adding another 350sqft to our kittos catopia!
LIFE-SAVING OPERATIONS: $32,500 for 2 months The city requires that our operation reduce it’s occupancy by 50%. Unfortunately, our financial obligations cannot be reduced by 50%, like payroll, lease, insurance and supplies, to name a few.
Proposed catio design.
We plan on providing the cats TONS of climbing and lounging enrichment options. Including 19-20 shelves and perches, ramp, several cat ladders, cat steps, long bridge for traversing the space vertically, and rope climbing feature.
Here’s some amazing purrks for supporting us.
There are 4 base purrk raffle options:
- Free visit
- Access to catio during opening week/weekend
- Private visit (for up to 7 people max)
- Unlimited visits for a month
Plus, larger donation purrks to increase your odds of winning one of the 4 base purrks.
See donation options panel for purrk (Perk) details! Or if you do not live locally, or prefer, you can donate without choosing a purrk.
Now Chuffed offers individual crowdfunding option. This means you can sign up as a fundraiser, you set a fundraising goal for your network to raise, and have an even bigger impact on our fundraiser total. Plus it adds a bit of competitive fun. Check out the link below that says, “SIGN UP AS A FUNDRAISER” to start raising funds within your network. For example, if you sign up as a “fundraiser”, you would create a goal target, like say $5,000, and then share your fundraiser with your network, via social media, email, etc. Whatever funds you raise toward your goal will go toward our total fundraising goal.
Lets talk PRIZES! If you set up an individual fundraiser and acheve your funding goal, we will reward you!
Prizes by goal reached:
- If you set a goal for $500 and reach it, you will win a branded CCL in-store merchandise item. *Does not include COVID Collection
- If you set a goal for $1,000 and reach it, you will win unlimited visits for you, the fundraiser, for 1 month.
- If you set a goal for $3,000 and reach it, you will win unlimited visits for you, the fundraiser, for 6 months.
- If you set a goal for $5,000 and reach it, you will win private entry to CCL, once a month for a year.
Does your company match?
Make your donation go further by requesting your employer to match your donation. Many organizations, like Apple and Disney, have a corporate matching program, see if yours does!
We chose Chuffed because it is THE ONLY crowdfunding platform that ensures the nonprofit you are donating to gets 100% of your generous donation, meaning a percent of the donation is not lost to credit card fees. How does Chuffed do it - they add the fees to the donation. In the US there is a credit card fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 transaction charge. Chuffed uses Stripe, Android/Apple/Google Pay, plus Paypal. All reputable payment processing centers. Thank mew!