L.A. May Get a Dog Café

A Los Angeles resident is hoping to open the city’s very first dog café.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: December 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. PST

Just about every week a new cat café pops up somewhere. Coffee and snacks are offered in one area while playtime with adoptable cats is offered in another. This is such a fantastic way of getting cats adopted that there should be one for dogs, right?

As far as I know, there is not a single dog café in the United States. Yet.


Sarah Wolfgang is looking to open the first dog café in Central Los Angeles. Wolfgang has started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in hopes of raising enough money to make The Dog Café a reality. The café will consist of two side-by-side locations – one for The Dog Café itself where customers can pick up some coffee provided by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co, and one for the Dog Zone where customers can take their coffee and play with dogs, big and small.

Wolfgang’s love of dogs, and more importantly her love of helping dogs, drove her to this endeavor. She spent many years in Korea helping shelter dogs find forever homes, including a special needs dog. When she moved to L.A., she discovered that the shelters received many dogs, but not nearly as many were being adopted out. According to her crowdsourcing campaign, she "realized a dog café would be the perfect solution to giving these shelter dogs a second chance at a forever home [because a dog café reinvents] the way [people] connect with homeless dogs." I imagine that more dogs would get adopted if they’re seen playing and interacting with other dogs than if they’re seen in a cage in a shelter or wandering the streets. I bet the café will offer adoptable dogs the opportunity to show off their personalities to potential pet parents.

To open The Dog Café, Wolfgang is asking for $200,000. This pays for the two locations in the Los Angeles area, furniture, supplies and staffing. The café is also providing all of the homeless dogs in residence at the location with rehabilitation, medical care and training, according to The Dog Café website.

If you’re interested in finding out more about The Dog Café, visit the Indiegogo campaign page.

Even if you’re not looking to adopt a dog or just can’t have one because you live in a tiny apartment, wouldn’t you want to spend an afternoon playing with these cute creatures? And you don’t even have to clean up their messes after.

What do you think of The Dog Café? Would you be a regular customer?

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