September 18, 2021


We know our pets

DC’s Crumbs and Whiskers Reopens With a Mission in Head

Crumbs & Whiskers has assisted about 20 cats get adopted considering the fact that their reopening, but the cafe is aiming to support quite a few more. Photograph courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers.

If you’ve ever walked earlier Crumbs & Whiskers on M Avenue in Georgetown late at night time, a peek by the home windows reveals an astonishing sight—30 cats lounging about on an array of bougie benches and plush pillows. Fortunately for area cat enthusiasts and those enchanted by this sight, DC’s to start with cat cafe reopened in June—now with a goal to help save 500 cats by Labor Day.

Crumbs & Whiskers very first opened in 2015 just after closing due to the pandemic, the cats are building a comeback. The cafe runs on a basic method: Consumers pay $15 to $35, relying on how extensive they want to continue to be. For case in point, $35 buys a 70-moment kitten “extravagance.”

For the duration of a pay a visit to, prospects can interact with any of the 30 cats as very well as purchase goodies off a tiny menu from Crumbs & Whiskers’ food items associate, Doggy Tag bakery. Prospects can even undertake a kitten—the cafe sources its cats from the area Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Cats don’t stay long according to Crumbs & Whiskers founder and CEO Kanchan Singh, cats stay—at most—a thirty day period and a 50 % ahead of they’re adopted.

The cafe is upping its attempts to be certain cats get into loving residences, due to the fact it is peak kitty season—April to October is when numerous litters are born. This increases the range of animals in rescues throughout the nation, putting some at risk for euthanasia. To help beat that, Crumbs & Whiskers is aiming to help save 500 cats this summer time concerning its two destinations in DC and Los Angeles.

So much, Crumbs & Whiskers has managed to get 20 cats adopted due to the fact its June reopening. Social media websites these as Tik Tok and Instagram have proven successful in bringing people into the store and psyched about adopting.

“I have been a huge animal lover my whole life,” Singh suggests. Immediately after volunteering at animal shelters in her teenagers, she usually reflected on how to revitalize the animal-adoption system. “One, just what becoming in a shelter does to homeless animals. It genuinely shuts them down, and it truly isn’t fantastic for their emotional or mental wellness,” she says. Singh also witnessed a lot of animals remaining returned since individuals hardly ever noticed the accurate temperament of the animal although it was in the shelter.

“It was sort of in the again of my thoughts: How do we have a area the place people are adopting based on the temperament of the cat, instead than the looks of the cat?” Singh claims. Soon after a quick-lived corporate career, she opened Crumbs and Whiskers.

“The additional folks that occur into stores and undertake,” Singh claims, “the more cats we’re capable to conserve.”

Crumbs and Whiskers is at 3109 M St NW.

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Melissa Santoyo joined Washingtonian in July 2021. She is a soaring junior at Northwestern College researching journalism and artwork.