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New York City Demands Cat Cafe, Internet Answers

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New York City is less than $65,000 away from getting the cat café it deserves. Back in April, Purina tested the pets-and-beverages market with a cat café pop-up on Bowery, and the multiple-block-spanning lines proved what the internet already knows: everyone has an inner cat lady, yearning to break free. And now, one such cat lady, Erin McShane, has teamed up with Anjellicle Cats Rescue and the Animal Care & Control of NYC on a venture called Little Lions—what they hope will be the city's first permanent cat sanctuary and tea house, where all of the kitties are adoptable.

Right now, Little Lions is still in its fundraising stage (about $3,000 of the $65,000 needed to open has been donated), but McShane seems optimistic. She tells Gothamist that the Department of Health is "on board" with her designs and she's been eyeing some downtown properties, with the hopes of opening in spring 2015. Check out her plan in video form, below.


· Little Lions NYC [Official Site]
· Stunning Cat Fashion Show Models, In Order of Shame [Official Site]