Support Cat Cafe Initiative

cat cafe

Target: Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky, founders of KitTea

Goal: Support opening of KitTea, a cat cafe in San Francisco

Cat cafes have long been popular in Japan, where most people rent apartments in which pets are not allowed. Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky are now working towards opening a cat cafe in a major U.S. city—San Francisco. KitTea, a tea room and cat cafe, would provide a permanent home for up to ten homeless cats waiting to be adopted at a local shelter. These cats would be cared for and provided for indefinitely, creating a great option in the pursuit to find a home for every shelter cat. Supporting KitTea and other cat cafes will give many deserving cats the loving home they desperately need.

In return for a permanent home, cats at KitTea will provide their therapeutic presence to customers of the cafe. They will mingle with visitors, providing love and affection to people who cannot have a pet of their own, and give everyone an interesting and unique cafe-going experience. Hatt and Braginsky hope KitTea will be a “retreat where cats and people can hang out to the benefit of both.”

Most importantly, Hatt and Braginsky aim to ensure patrons of their commitment to caring for the lives of the cats they will adopt at KitTea. They are working closely with veterinarians and animal behaviorists, under guidelines from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, to make KitTea a loving haven for the cats who call it home. They have published clear guidelines that they are committed to following to ensure the welfare of their cats, putting their health and safety above all else.

They will provide a cats-only room for cats that need a break from the tea room, and a play area with plenty of toys and scratching posts to keep cats active and environmentally stimulated. They also do not want to overwhelm the animals, so they will strongly encourage reservations to be made in order to have a seat at KitTea. They will also keep a close eye on furry “escape-artists” to make sure they do not get out of the building, into harm’s way.

They want nothing more than the well-being of the cats they adopt, first and foremost. They are currently working with local shelters to identify cats that are in need of a home that would be a good fit for KitTea. They want the cats they adopt to be comfortable with other cats and socializing with people. They hope to provide a home to older cats that may be less likely to be adopted. Support the establishment of KitTea, and encourage other entrepreneurs, and animal-lovers, to consider opening cat cafes in their neighborhood.


Dear Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky,

Thank you for your commitment to helping homeless cats find a permanent home in your business venture, KitTea. Cat cafes should be brought to the U.S. to provide stable, loving homes for cats that would thrive in that type of environment. It is a wonderful idea to start the trend in San Francisco with KitTea, where ten cats will be loved and cared for by you, and guests of the tea room.

The benefits to humans who visit KitTea are also immeasurable. Cats are very therapeutic to be around, providing stress-relief and affection that many city-dwellers need, but rarely get. You will provide a unique experience to patrons, and could set the example for other entrepreneurs and animal-lovers in major cities across the country to follow suit, opening cat cafés in places like New York City, Chicago, and Boston—the more cafés that open, the more cats that are adopted and cared for.

Thank you for your compassionate venture, and please see it through to completion. Remain committed to your cause, and encourage others to open cat cafes in other parts of the U.S.


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