You have probably heard of the popular cat cafes in Japan. But you may not have heard of dog cafes. On April 7th the first dog cafe in America will be opening its doors on Virgil just south of Silver Lake. Coffee and tea will be available for purchase next door, which you can enjoy in the Dog Cafe. Sarah Wolfgang was inspired by the dog cafes she visited in Korea, but wanted to found one to help the abandoned dogs languishing in shelters. The dogs are available for visits if you just need puppy kisses to get through another day, but every dog at the cafe will be up for adoption. Wolfgang works with local shelters to rescue dogs that are not seen as adoptable due to age, special needs, a history of abuse or neglect, or minor training issues.
“The Dog Cafe offers a comfortable and fun space for humans and dogs to meet and spend time with each other, away from the environment of overcrowded shelters, which can provoke fear and aggression in perfectly adoptable pups.” And if all of these years watching Animal Channel has taught me anything, being around people will socialize dogs who may not have had time around people lately, making them more adoptable.
Dog Cafe 240 N. Virgil Ave in Los Angeles 90004. Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm, beginning the day after its grand opening. Admission per person per hour is $10 and includes a complimentary coffee, tea or lemonade. Advance reservations are recommended and can be booked on The Dog Cafe’s website. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted, and each minor between the age of 5 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The space is also available to rent for private events. Dog Party!!!
If you are a cat person, keep an eye out for the upcoming cat cafe.