On Saturday night, October 5th, someone broke into Birmingham’s first and only cat cafe Gatos and Beans, shattering their store window door.
It was a scary moment for owner Kelli Steward.
“It is one thing to break windows at a home or local business, but this was life threatening,” said Steward. “The cats could have been gone.”
Initially, Steward could find only 3 out of 13 for cats that were residing at the cafe.
“We had a panic attack. Where do you start looking?” added Steward.
Fortunately, the cats were wise enough to stay inside and hide throughout the cafe, until Steward arrived.
16 Cats adopted since July 20th
The brain child of Kelli and Stephen Steward, Gatos and Beans is a comfortable place where you reserve time and for a small fee, to hangout with cats from 7 months to 19 years old, who need a home. Along with the separate cat visitation area, there is a cafe that serves food and fantastic coffee/drinks.
Since Gatos and Beans opened on July 20th, 16 cats have been adopted.
Go Fund Me Campaign – help needed to insure the cats are safe
In an effort to make sure the cats are always safe, the cafe has set up a Go Fund Me Campaign to raise funds to repair the shattered door as well as install special “roll-up windows” so this cannot happen again.
“The roll-up windows, even out of meanness, should keep someone from breaking one of our windows ever again,” concluded Steward.
Near its goal
As of the morning of October 12th, the Go Fund Me Campaign had raised $4270 of the $6500 needed to fix the door and install two new reinforced doors.
Help Gatos and Beans reach their goal. Visit their Go Fund Me Campaign page and make a donation.
Here is the Go Fund Me – LINK