America’s first dog cafe bowed in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake on April 7. This foray into new territory, called (for obvious reasons) The Dog Cafe, means that pet friendly patrons are not only invited to get up close and personal with a bunch of cool canines, but these same animal lovers can also adopt one or more of the pooches while frequenting the premises if they so desire.
According to the official site for this dog-filled enterprise, pups are a big part of the picture where you can grab a cup of steaming hot joe or an iced tea and then you are free to snuggle with the current in-house dog population. Think a cat cafe but with dogs instead of cats being the center of this universe.
So what is the mission statement of this entrepreneurial enterprise? “To revolutionize dog adoption by reinventing the way people connect with rescues who need homes.”
In order to consider this option, head to LA’s artistic and very compassionate east side where The Dog Cafe operates on Virgil Avenue on the edge of Los Feliz. That said, before you do head in that direction, make sure to make a reservation online here so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to know some very worthy hounds in need of forever homes.
That reservation will mean you’ll be able to spend 55 minutes with this cute fur babies for the price of $10. Punctuality is key to getting to be one with the animals for as long as is allowed and arrival about 10 minutes before your booking time means getting your drink order sorted out after you sign in.
Photo IDs are required and you must be more than five years old to take advantage of this new space that is all about saving these sweet beasts.
One review from Yelp is already in. The patron states, “The dogs all had such different personalities. The staff was incredibly pleasant and they did a good job of limiting the number of people so that it wasn’t too crowded. Be prepared for that strong doggy smell and to proactively engage the dogs. Great concept.”
The fresh outlet’s official site states more about their new venture, saying, “The Dog Cafe offers a comfortable and fun space for humans and dogs to hang out with each other, away from overcrowded shelters, which can provoke fear and aggression in perfectly adoptable pups.”
The Los Angeles establishment also contends that beyond “helping worthy pups find homes,” the powers that be gives “the opportunity for people unable to have pets of their own to spend quality time with furry friends (and vice versa) without the commitment of adoption.
Bow wow! What a warm and fuzzy place to spend time, for dogs and people alike.