Serving to cats discover properties: After nearly 5 years in enterprise, St. John’s cat cafe nearing 500 adoptions


After nearly 5 years in enterprise, Newfoundland’s solely cat cafe will quickly hit one other spectacular milestone: 500 adoptions.

Situated on 124 Duckworth St., the Mad Catter Cafe has been the purr-fect version for downtown St. John’s. Josh Eddy and Collin Williams opened the Mad Catter Cafe in 2018 after the couple visited cat cafes whereas travelling and realized its enterprise potential in St. John’s.

Eddy and Williams say issues are going nicely, though the pandemic was difficult.

“Popping out of the worldwide pandemic, the place we’re a small enterprise, we’re simply grateful to have the ability to nonetheless be right here,” Williams says.

“The pandemic was fairly difficult for lots of companies. It actually had challenges for us, however we had an incredible staff with us and an incredible buyer base.”

5 years in enterprise isn’t one thing Eddy and Williams take calmly, as they expressed their gratitude for the help and love the neighborhood has given them through the years.

“We’re simply grateful to have the help in creating one thing that will get to make it to that five-year mark. It’s one thing that I do not suppose we take without any consideration, and the neighborhood that it has created.”

The Mad Catter Cafe storefront, situated at 124 Duckworth St., St. John’s. – Jenna Reid

Hitting targets

For Eddy and Williams, reaching the five-year mark was one in every of their targets after they first opened.

They describe the cafe as a novel place the place numerous backgrounds of individuals come collectively.

“Seeing that about half of the time that we have been open was in the course of the pandemic, for us to be reaching this mark, it is loads. It is nice. It is fairly thrilling,” stated Williams.

“It is a distinctive place, so it is undoubtedly a sure sort of individuals with numerous backgrounds that find yourself coming collectively in a neighborhood manner on the cafe, and that’s nice.”

Paw-sitive influence

The cafe will quickly hit 500 adoptions, and former worker and long-time volunteer Catherine O’Keefe is thrilled.

“It is wonderful as a result of we have seen these (adoption) numbers climb through the years, and we get so excited each time any individual finds a house, and customarily, each week, any individual does,” she says.

Catherine O’Keefe, a volunteer since 2018 and former employee at the Mad Catter Cafe, is thrilled whenever she sees a cat get adopted at the cafe.
Catherine O’Keefe, a volunteer since 2018 and former worker on the Mad Catter Cafe, is thrilled each time she sees a cat get adopted on the cafe. “We get so excited each time any individual finds a house, and customarily, each week, any individual does,” she says. – Contributed

The Mad Catter Cafe companions with St. John’s Humane Providers for cat adoptions.

Eddy and Williams say humane companies have been unbelievable to work with. The cafe operates extra like a foster facility for the cats as a result of humane companies totally deal with the adoption course of.

From medical inquiries to giving recommendation on working a communal cat facility, they are saying the connection has been nothing however optimistic.

“We’re very grateful for that, and we sit up for persevering with that.”

Distinctive expertise

As for the cat cafe expertise, the cafe is cozy and applicable for all ages.

The cafe accepts group bookings, and guests are all the time assured a unique expertise as a result of there is a new group of cats each week. Plus – there is no such thing as a strain for patrons to undertake.

“There are such a lot of the explanation why folks come who will not be on the lookout for a cat. You realize, they may have a landlord that does not enable cats or a member of the family that’s allergic, so they arrive down simply to have the ability to see the cats,” stated O’Keefe.

Nonetheless, the cafe can supply a extra customized expertise for these seeking to undertake.

O’Keefe says folks seeking to undertake can ask the volunteers in regards to the adoption course of, the person cats, and in the event that they suppose the cat can be appropriate for the person’s state of affairs.

“Once you volunteer frequently – as a result of I come right here each week – you can provide them a greater understanding of the cat’s persona, if it should match with perhaps another pets at residence or if they’ve considerations with their little youngsters,” stated O’Keefe.

She additionally describes the cat cafe as a extra home-like setting, so guests can are available in and work together, play, and cuddle with the cats.

Eddy and Williams say this “actually provides a unique high quality of life to the animals whereas they’re ready to discover a residence due to the fixed move of people that simply wish to spend time with them.”

The ‘cat’s meow’ for vacationers

In line with Eddy and Williams, final summer time was the busiest summer time the cafe has ever had, drawing in locals and vacationers alike.

O’Keefe stated the cafe will get plenty of vacationers that arrive from cruise ships that dock in St. John’s harbour.

“We get lots of people which can be doing a cruise or visiting, they usually’ve really needed to board their cats, so that they’re really lacking their very own cats, they usually are available in to have somewhat go to and get somewhat kitty cat repair,” stated O’Keefe.

The cafe additionally hosts occasional occasions reminiscent of paint nights, kitten knitten’, motion pictures, and date nights, standard amongst native cat lovers.