If you love cats, here’s the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in what’s set to be one of the craziest yet most innovative projects the UK has seen in its entire moggy loving history. The World of Cats, the brain child of Bedfordshire based mum and cat lover Caroline Harvey, is planned to launch early in 2017 but needs the support of other pet lovers to make it happen – and there’s no better way than through the power of crowdfunding.
An increasingly popular alternative to traditional financing methods and loans, crowdfunding a great way for people to come together to fund exciting and innovative new projects and has helped launch everything from new businesses to musical careers. It allows people who are interested in investing to dip their toe into the finance world without having to make a huge initial outlay, and if it’s in an area they have a particular interest in it’s as fun as it is rewarding.
Self-confessed Crazy Cat Lady and entrepreneur Caroline is looking to support from fellow ailurophiles to make her dream of a cat themed tourist attraction become a reality. Caroline came up with the idea while searching for days out for her and her toddler- Digger Land, Monkey World, Flamingo World, Bird World and numerous zoos and theme parks are all popular tourist attractions, but nobody seemed to have thought of a full day out dedicated to cats- until now. Inspired by her own cat Bolt, a seven year old mischief maker who she rescued at just twelve weeks old, Caroline got to thinking about how great it would be to develop a place where cat lovers could come and relax, spending time with moggies and learning all about their history and behaviour.
Her ideas for The World of Cats Cat include the following features, but she’s open to ideas from anyone else who’s willing to donate time or money to make it happen:
• Cat meet and greet
• Pawprint path
• Cat café
• Gift shop
• Children’s play area
• Information/learning centre
• Cheshire Cat maze and train
• Cat hotel
• Crazy golf
• Museum of famous cats
• Cat themed arts and crafts
• Event space for cat rescue charities and adoption centres, product launches, weddings and conferences
Cat World is in the very early stages of planning but already has its own website and dedicated social media pages. The ultimate fundraising goal is £3,000,000, of which the first £100k will go towards market research, business planning and seeking advice from dedicated cat behaviourists and welfare experts to ensure that the attraction is as kind to its furry residents as it is fun for its visitors.
If you’d like to get involved, visit them online at https://igg.me/at/worldofcats or contact Caroline direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cat World promises to be crazy, relaxing and entertaining- all the things we come to expect from our favourite feline friends. This is a great opportunity to get involved in something truly new and different, and whether you have one pound or several thousands to invest, Caroline and Bolt would love to hear from you!