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Entrepreneur Kanchan Singh opened Crumbs & Whiskers—a cat café inspired by one in Thailand and based in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood—in June 2015 to feverish excitement and long lines.
The café offers a temporary home for roughly 20 adoptable cats (in collaboration with the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Northern Virginia) while allowing cat lovers to freely mingle with felines, sip lattes and munch pastries delivered from an off-site bakery.
Singh has been inundated with people wanting their kitty-and-caffeine fix, and the café adopted out more than 30 cats in three months—but baked goods aren’t the only way to get exposure for adoptable cats. Crumbs & Whiskers launched a pilot kitten delivery program in December.
The Dec. 20 delivery promised a basket of kittens, a bag of macaroons and a playpen delivered, in Georgetown only, to the first people who met eligibility requirements. Clients paid $99 for 30 minutes of in-home kitten playtime, with 15 percent of proceeds donated to the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.
Lost Dog’s cat program coordinator Echo Kief says the kittens visited six homes, and “each stop was a new adventure. They got to ride on a Roomba, watch football on the couch, listen to Christmas carols and snuggle their hearts out!”
Post-delivery, the Crumbs & Whiskers Facebook page showed a woman reverently burying her face in five kittens, known as the “bear kittens” thanks to their fluffy black fur. “In case anyone was ... you know, wondering how Christmas kitten deliveries went yesterday,” the post says dryly.
Cubby, Winnie, Kody, Baloo, Grizzly and Teddy were all adopted thanks to the fluff-brained scheme. “It was a great day of fun and socialization for the kittens, and the people had a blast,” says Kief.