Charm Kitty Cafe, one of the only places where you could grab a coffee, work remotely and make some feline friends, is closing in July, the cafe announced in a Facebook post.
“Charm Kitty always has been and always will be about positivity, creating a space where kitties can roam peacefully and interact with all of us,” the post read. “Thank you to everyone that helped bring Charm Kitty Cafe to life. We are forever grateful.”
Since it opened in March 2017, Charm Kitty Cafe has adopted out 100 adult cats. The cats were supplied to the cafe by the Baltimore Humane Society. At the time of the opening, Wendy Goldband, a spokesperson with the Baltimore Humane Society, said the cafe would allow for the group “to rescue that many more cats, because we can take in more than what we would normally be able to in our shelter.”
Goldband told Baltimore Fishbowl the Baltimore Humane Society is “heartbroken” about the closure.
“Our partnership with Charm Kitty Cafe was first-rate and it was an amazing opportunity for our cats to get greater exposure in the community,” she wrote in an email. “We were thrilled to see cat after cat find wonderful forever homes through their stay at the Cafe.”
All cats that aren’t adopted before the cafe closes will be brought back to the Baltimore Humane Society’s facility in Reisterstown, noting that cat adoptions are free in the month of July.
Located in Whitehall Mill near the Jones Falls n Hampden, Charm Kitty Cafe opened after successfully raising a little more than $27,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.
The post announcing the closure seemed optimistic about the future of cat cafes in Baltimore, offering “to be a resource for anyone looking to start Baltimore’s next cat cafe(s).”