“A lot of the cat cafes in Asia at more geared toward spending time with cats, no social cause,” says Chan.
The cafe intends to highlight the cat overpopulation problem in the region and connect as many cats with potential owners as possible.
“There is a national crisis of feline overpopulation across Canada. It was estimated in 2012 that there is one cat to every three humans in Canada. In addition, there are at least 600,000 stray cats roaming the streets. The problem with most cat shelters is that they don’t have enough exposure and they aren’t perceived to be particularly attractive in the public eye,” says Chan.
“We plan to have a long-term partnership with CTRS and develop a local community rescue space that can expand to help more cats in the future,” he added.
Chan and his team have set up a GoFundMe page so they can “build a safe, functional and sanitary shelter for the cats within Catoro Cafe.”