Local women hope to create south's first "cat cafe" in downtown Charleston

Local women hope to create south's first "cat cafe" in downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It can be considered a hybrid between an animal shelter and a bakery.

Two local women hope to open a "cat café" in downtown Charleston this summer.

Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes created a Kickstarter account to raise money for Pounce Cat Café + Wine Bar.

At Pounce, customers can purchase food and drinks, including wine and beer, and enter a "cat room" to play with up to 20 animals.

All cats would be adoptable through the Charleston Animal Society.

Brooks said the business model is based on her experience at a cat café in Washington DC, which successfully adopted out 75 cats over the past nine months.

She said the Charleston location would the first one in the south.

The women are attempting to raise $20,000 through Kickstarter towards the venture.  So far, more than $6,500 has been pledged with 19 days left in the campaign.

The café has a projected opening date of August 8, although a downtown Charleston location has yet to be determined, according to Brooks.

Brooks said she doesn't anticipate difficulty obtaining permits from the Department of Health and Environmental Control because all food will be delivered to the café, instead of made on-site.  Also, the cats will be housed in a different area from where food and drink will be kept.

Donations can be made at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447884799/pounce-cat-cafe-wine-bar-the-souths-first-cat-cafe

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