A coffee shop that allows you to snuggle its guests may soon land in Loveland.
NoCo Cat Cafe — a concept that melds a coffee shop with adoptable foster cats and kittens — is in the process of nailing down a physical location in downtown Loveland.
In the meantime, NoCo Cat Cafe founders Kimberly Tejchma-Sanford and her husband Christopher Sanford have kicked off their operations with pop-up cat cafes in Northern Colorado. The next pop-up cafe will be noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Loveland event venue The Gressiwick, 426 N. Lincoln Ave.
The pop-up cafes work much like how Tejchma-Sanford says the NoCo Cat Cafe will once it settles into a permanent location: Adoptable cats and kittens are brought in from the cafe’s Fort-Collins-based nonprofit cat rescue partner, Colorado Kitty Coalition.
Attendees pay an admission fee, which covers the pop-up’s operational costs and start-up costs for the physical cafe. When at a pop-up, you can meander through the cafe meeting and playing with the adoptable cats while also enjoying food, coffee drinks and cocktails — like their themed meow-mosas.
NoCo Cat Cafe’s first pop-up event in October drew about 170 people, Tejchma-Sanford estimated. It resulted in five cats getting adopted.
The cafe is hoping to secure a physical location in downtown Loveland soon and open NoCo Cat Cafe’s permanent home sometime in April, Tejchma-Sanford said. Once that happens, Colorado Kitty Coalition will be able to use the cafe much like they do their other foster homes — albeit on a larger scale.
“It’s going to be a really good outlet for more adoptions so we’ll be able to rescue more kittens and cats,” Colorado Kitty Coalition Executive Director Arika McClellan said Thursday. “Since we rely on our foster homes, it’s like having a whole other foster that can take more (cats and kittens).”
The possibility of bringing pop-up cafes to other Northern Colorado cities like Fort Collins or Longmont is on Tejchma-Sanford’s radar due to the overwhelming demand she witnessed at the cafe’s October pop-up.
“We have experienced so much support. We were kind of surprised,” Tejchma-Sanford said.
To learn more about the cats and kittens that will be at Dec. 18 pop-up event, check in ahead of time with the NoCo Cat Cafe’s Instagram page, @nococatcafeandrescue.
To attend NoCo Cat Cafe’s next pop-up event at The Gressiwick, consider purchasing $12 advanced tickets on the NoCo Cat Cafe website, nococatcafe.com. Due to October’s large turnout, the cafe will have timed entrances at noon and 1 p.m. during its December event. It is also considering limiting the number of tickets. If they are available at the door on the day of the event, tickets will cost $15.
A silent auction will also take place Dec. 18 with all proceeds going to Colorado Kitty Coalition.
To learn more about fostering cats or to apply to foster with Colorado Kitty Coalition, head to cokittycoalition.com.
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