Leeds Kitty Cafe publishes chat update and appeal for donations after roof collapse forced closure

The incident happened overnight on Thursday, Kirkgate Cafe confirmed yesterday, and no cats were harmed as they had been safely housed in another part of the building.

The venue warned it was ‘not sure Kitty Cafe Leeds could hold up much more’ after the latest setback, post-Covid and amid the cost of living and soaring energy prices.

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Leeds cats cafe forced to close after roof collapses

The Leeds Kitty Cafe in Leeds city centre.

In a new update, the cafe thanked people on social media for sharing their “good wishes” following its closure.

The cafe said on Facebook: “THANK YOU to all the good wishes for Kitty Cafe LEEDS – we are devastated, just to reiterate The cats are all fine as this happened overnight and they have been safely tucked away in the cattery – Thank God.”

The update said many people had also asked how to donate to help “get Kitty Cafe Leeds back on its feet”, and urged them to donate through its fundraising charity Kitty Cafe Rescue.

Kitty Cafe first opened in Leeds in December 2017 after owner Kate Charles-Richards converted a former Yorkshire Bank unit on Kirkgate into a cat sanctuary.

The refurbishment cost around £500,000 and renovation work began in April 2017.

The on-site cattery, where the cats live when the cafe is closed, can accommodate around 35 felines. They are all ready for adoption and customers can inquire about their relocation. Resident cats have access to bespoke play areas and the largest scratching post in the UK, which is over two meters high.

The cafe’s updated statement added: “MANY people are being asked how you can help and donate to try and get Kitty Cafe Leeds back on its feet – you can donate to our relief site kittycaferescue.org and click on the donate button (it says Kitty Cafe Nottingham but that’s for all cafes and will be sent to deal with this disaster).”

Click here to donate to the Leeds Kitty Cafe fundraising appeal.

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