This family-run iconic business was destroyed in a fire on November 12. The two "shop cats" were rescued by firefighters and are safe with a friend.
I heard an interview with an owner, Joanne Weigel, today and the maximum that the insurance will pay will not begin to cover all their losses.
They are hoping to open a pop-up store for Christmas, and move to a permanent location in the New Year.
If you can possibly donate just a bit to this cause, it will be much appreciated.
Note from the manager on the GoFundMe page:
Website: http://www.thecathouseinc.com/ NB: Their website was in the process of moving so has not been updated, but do have a look around. The shop cats are the two who passed away several years ago.The Cat House Inc burned to the ground and was demolished yesterday by excavators. To its employees and customers, this unique little shop meant so much more than a place to buy your cat food and cat toys. It was a place to meet new friends and form relationships to last years to come. Joanne Wegiel started The Cat House 24 years ago and it has been a staple in the Calgary cat community. She has done a lot for many local cat rescues including The MEOW Foundation, LCCR, AARCS, Cochrane and Area Hunane Society and Calgary Humane Society. I am hoping that with this money we can rebuild quickly before Christmas and before our busy season. If we can't rebuild quickly, it will be hard to survive after this busy season. This will help to cover employees wages that are not covered by insurance and help us get new product ASAP as insurance can take a long time to sort out. I am also hoping that with this fundraising, I can partner with Joanne and make The Cat House stick around for years to come.