Vancouver cat café online fundraiser enters final week

It's the final week to donate funds online to an entrepreneur who is trying to bring a Tokyo-style cat café to Vancouver. So far, the Catfé has raised just under $25,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

Catfé has raised almost $25K of a $50K goal through crowdfunding site Indiegogo

Michelle Furbacher started an Indiegogo online fundraising campaign to try and raise $50,000 to help open a Cat Café in Vancouver. (Catfe/Iindiegogo.com)

It's the final week to donate funds online to an entrepreneur who is trying to bring a Tokyo-style cat café to Vancouver.

So far, the Catfé has raised just under $25,000 through crowd-funding site Indiegogo.

Michelle Furbacher, the woman behind the venture, says she may be short of her $50,000 goal, but it's still enough to get the coffee shop going.

"We're kinda at the point where I am going to make it happen no matter what, if we don't reach our goal," she said. "But I still really want to push for our last week and try and make the goal."

Furbacher explained that she envisions the café as a social space for people who love cats.

Michelle Furbacher, see here with Magnumm, is working toward opening British Columbia's first cat café, in Vancouver later this year. (Michelle Furbacher)

"It's a place where you can go to get a coffee, relax with your friends and hang out with a bunch of kitties."

Furbacher said the biggest hurdle she now faces is local health regulations.

"To comply with health codes we have to have the café side completely separate from the cat side, but you will be able to go get your snack and your drinks and then bring them over to the other side," she said.

The Catfé Indiegogo campaign ends on Friday.

With files from the CBC's Emily Elias and Luke Brocki

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