Beloved Cat Cafe in Danger of Closing, Saved By Donations

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It’s no news a feline fan wants to hear, the Valley’s first cat cafe was facing an uncertain trouble.
Melissa Pruitt opened the doors to La Gattara in Tempe just six months ago. It’s a welcoming place where cat lovers can come and relax, enjoying the company of cute and cuddly cats. But all the hard work and precious memories that went into making this dream a reality were in danger with a massive bill looming.
In order to keep its operating permits, the cafe is required to build a wall separating the friendly felines from the door. With a steep price of $10,000, the cafe was facing certain closure if they couldn’t raise enough money.
Thankfully, community members and fellow cat enthusiasts stepped in to help with the online funding campaign. They raised more than enough money to keep the cafe afloat. Pruitt posted this message to their Kickstarter page:

Thank you! Once again you have shown how much love this community has for La Gattara and our cats. We have five days left in the Kickstarter. The original Kickstarter goal has been met, BUT there are additional things to complete that can make La Gattara an even better experience for you and the cats. With your help we can complete Arizona’s first cat cafe and continue our mission to help many cats find a forever home. Thank you for all the help! Peace , Love & Meow

For more information, check out their official Facebook page here. 
Photo: GoFundMe

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