What dog lover hasn’t dreamed of visiting a local coffee shop where pups roam free and where playing with an adorable furry friend is included in the cost of a cappuccino? Taking inspiration from the various cat cafes cropping up across the country, Los Angeles resident Sarah Wolfgang has made it her mission to provide locals a place to recharge with plenty of caffeine and tail-wagging company. She’s created a plan for a two-part coffee shop, with separate areas for purchasing drinks and for playing with pooches, so visitors can get their fill in an environment that’s safe and sanitary for both dogs and people.
The Dog Cafe has the potential to help fill a tremendous need in the community, given how overcrowded L.A. animal shelters can be. Taking these homeless creatures from the unpleasant surroundings of a shelter and bringing them into a more inviting space such as a coffee shop can transform the way potential adopters view the dogs themselves and the adoption experience as a whole. And for people who might be less inclined to make the trip to an animal shelter, it gives them exposure to a wealth of animals they might not otherwise meet.
According to the cafe’s Indiegogo page, the goal is to find forever homes for at least 104 dogs in year one. It’s ambitious but eminently achievable given that Wolfgang has similar experience from her years volunteering at shelters in Korea. But while the idea is for her future cafe-goers to consider bringing home a pup, merely purchasing a cup of the fair-trade organic Grounds & Hounds joe it plans to offer can help the larger mission of helping animals: The coffee company donates 20 percent of all proceeds from the Southern California area to local rescue partners.
Wolfgang’s campaign began in December, and with so little time left she needs to rally all the support she can get. The Indiegogo page will be active for fundraising through Thursday. And with lots of donations, the Dog Cafe can help make adoption more widely available while giving the process a more personal touch — with a latte on the side of course.
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