TreeTops Animal Rescue is in the initial phases of developing plans to open a non-profit Pet Café in Kennett Square to have a local space where rescue cats can be seen and adopted. Our hope is that a Pet Café would help increase the number of cats we can rescue and find homes for (and possibly help adopt out other types of café pets in time) and spread the word about rescuing instead of buying a pet, while raising enough in donations to pay the expenses of operating.
We are proposing to have an open area where people can visit while cats roam free and a separated area where people could buy drinks as well as purchase cat and dog food or supplies to donate to or benefit the rescue. As is usual in these cafes, we would set some kind of donation fee for people to come hang out with the animals. For the décor, we’re thinking cozy & eclectic (& cheap)- mismatched mugs and plates & used furniture (chairs, sofa, tables) from Habitat & Goodwill, using volunteers to build climbing towers and paint murals on the walls and to donate beds, etc. And although we would likely need a paid staff member, we would need to rely heavily on volunteer labor to operate.
Along with the cats, we also are hoping to give a home to some of the caged Paws & Claws store pets (most of which were rescued) including a parrot, pet rats, a few reptiles and snakes, and possibly a rabbit and/or ferret. This would provide a wider variety of animals to see and interact with than the usual Cat Café, and hopefully attract more visitors. George (Treisner) has been doing animal shows for local schools, churches, camps, and other community groups for a small fee using store pets, so this would allow him to continue to do that, this time to benefit and spread the word about rescue. Other Cat Cafes also use the space for events such as yoga classes or a story time where kids read aloud to the cats.
For more information go to our website at www.treetopsrescue.org