BaristaCats Cafe & Sanctuary for Wayward Cats

Dream big, work harder.

Make Your Mark Campaign

Whitewater Chamber highlights members in our Make Your Mark campaign. We’ll feature businesses throughout the year that have impacted Whitewater in big or small ways.

BaristaCats Cafe & Sanctuary for Wayward Cats

Dream big, work harder.

In honor of Adopt A Cat Month, we asked:

K: What’s it take to adopt a cat?
D: You must be 18 or older, be able to show animals are allowed on the lease (including ESA papers if needed), and all animals in home currently are up to date on vaccines and a recent vet visit. It takes about a week to process applications, depending on verifications. Once it is approved, we will hand deliver if you live local or a time/date is arranged for pick up. 

1. What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?

I chose Whitewater to help the students get through the trials of college. Hoping to ease some struggling with mental health.

2. What do you see as the key to your success?

Our key to success is building, evolving and maintaining relationships and partnerships within the community.

3. What motivates you?

The impact we have on the families we adopt to as well as the lives changed and saved. We have rescued over 160 cats in a year and found homes for 130. 

4. What advice would you give a new business owner?

Dream big, work harder. If you put every ounce of dedication and passion into what you do – it will work. Failure is giving up.

Interviewee: Natalie Serna, Owner of BaristaCats Cafe & Sanctuary for Wayward Cats in Whitewater, WI

Interviewer: Katy Daixon Wimer, Director of Content & Communications with Discover Whitewater Chamber, Tourism, & Downtown Whitewater

@discoverwhitewater BaristaCats Cafe is a coffee and cat lovers paradise! Filled with cuddles, cookies, cute merch, and cozy vibes, you'll never want to scoot. We pawsitively adore it and know you will too! 😻 Consider yourself warned about the cuteness. We're done with all the cat puns and C words now. Cross our hearts. 😉 Okay, meow we're done. 😅 #discoverwhitewater #catcafes #whitewaterwi #catsofinstagram ♬ original sound - Discover Whitewater

5. How do you support the Whitewater community, and how does the community support you?

The community is what keeps us going, from helping us socialize our kitties during visits, to donations both monetarily and items off our wishlist. Our doors remain open because of our amazing community. We try to give back as much as possible. Through donations, items to other rescues, pantries or community members in need. We are always looking for local businesses to partner with and help one another evolve.  And we love participating in different events to show support.

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