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1Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe In late 2014, while volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Kanchan Singh was trying to figure out how she could combine her love for socially conscious businesses with her love
for animals. After visiting Catmosphere, a cat café in
Chiang Mai, she had her answer.
When she got back to the United States, she quit
her corporate job and started working on her dream
project: Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Café.
There are two locations: one in Washington,
D.C., and one in Los Angeles. All of the cats
are rescues and are fostered by Crumbs &
Whiskers until they find their forever homes. Both
partner with local rescue groups (Homeward Trails in
Washington, D.C., and Karma Rescue in Los Angeles).
By reinventing the way people connect with rescue
cats, the café helps those cats gain more exposure and
find their forever homes.
When I heard about the Los Angeles café, I knew I had
to check it out. A reservation fee of $25 (which covers
the cost of the cats’ care) let me spend 75 minutes with a
wonderful group of cats. The café is filled with scratchers,
I met Kanchan, and when I asked what the response to the
cat cafes has been, she answered with one word: “Amazing.” I
wasn’t surprised. Even if you’re not planning to adopt a cat, the
café is a great place to hang out with like-minded people and, of
course, adorable cats. — Annie
2Barking Dog Salvage & Design Owner and creator Angela Rideout’s motto is Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate and Relove. She hand paints and hand crafts art and uses recycled materi- als for her canvas. Catster can totally get behind that! Her Canadian company is animal friendly, which is reflected in some of her designs of cats, dogs, birds, bears, horses and more. Each piece is one-of-a kind, so they make perfect gifts for yourself or other hard-to-shop-for people in your life. For more information, visit barkingdog salvageanddesign.com. — Melissa
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For more information, go to crumbsandwhiskers.com.
8 catster March/April 2017