Inn To Cats was opened in 2015 by Ashleigh DeStefano while she was working at a local veterinary office and going to veterinary technician school. Her prior work in the pet care field began in 1996 when she started her first pet sitting business, Critter Companions. In the years to follow, she worked at boarding kennels, animals hospitals, and for private pet owners. In 2017, Ashleigh graduated Magna Cum Laude with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College and passed her board exam to become a licensed veterinary technician. Ashleigh is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, she is working towards her Fear-Free and Human-Animal Bond certifications, and she volunteers with the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition. She has a special interest in indoor-cat environmental enrichment and chronic illness management.
The idea for Inn To Cats came about after searching for care for her own feline family members when she traveled. She found many places that catered to dogs, but only seemed to offer cat care as an afterthought. Most only had a tiny, boring box for them to stay in with the loud, smelly dogs (which can be scary for cats!) right down the hall. Her cats are very social and curious, so she didn't feel comfortable leaving them at home either because when they are bored and lonely they tend to get themselves into trouble. She wanted a safe place, with positive stimulation and the comforts of home, for them to stay so she didn't feel guilty or worried about leaving them. Combining more than 20 years of service in the veterinary and pet care field with a deep affection for felines and their physical and emotional well-being, Inn To Cats was created.
In addition to caring for cats at the Inn, and fostering several cats, Ashleigh also shares her home with her own kitties: Winter and Ninja (the OGs), Thunder Griffin (TG3, her soul cat), Kora (obsessed with her husband), Tippi (the previously skittish street cat turned super snuggly chonk), and the Adventure Cat Crew: Elon (silly senior Bengal), Earl of Catnip and Sir Fetchington (aka Catnip & Fetch, failed fosters - pandemic version)