Take a Look Inside of America’s First Dog Cafe

Take a Look Inside of America’s First Dog Cafe

America’s first dog café is a coffee shop that lets customers cuddle with adorable rescue dogs!

Customers can order a coffee, tea or lemonade in the café and then play with dogs in the lounge next door.

The café’s owner, Sarah Wolfgang, grew up visiting dog cafes in Korea. But after learning that most of the Korean dog cafés sourced their canines from puppy mills and breeders, she decided that she could do better.

She moved to Los Angeles with the idea of opening an improved dog café that incorporates dog rescue and adoption into its business model.

According to the café’s website, Wolfgang’s dog café in L.A. focuses on “rescuing dogs who have been at the shelter the longest due to health or behavioral issues and are at the highest risk of being euthanized.”

The way it works: a $10 entrance fee gets you into a room to play with dogs for 55 minutes, as well as a beverage from the attached cafe next door.

The dogs come from the South L.A. Animal Shelter and are also adoptable, with the proceeds going to cover food and medical cost for each pup.

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We're still looking for a #foster or #foreverhome for sweet, lovable #boxer Junior – if you know anyone without dogs of their own, with some outdoor space in their home, who can handle a larger dog, please share! We pulled Junior from the shelter in hopes he could benefit from time at The Dog Cafe, but found he doesn't get along with the other dogs here, even though we tested him for this at the shelter and he seemed ok. He's wonderful with people, is housebroken (though may need some retraining) and still has playful energy at the age of 8, though he can also be laid-back. Unfortunately fellow rescue orgs are unable to take him because he's not friendly enough with other dogs, and there's no way he's going back to the shelter, so we're counting on you to help us find this lovebug the home he deserves. Photo of Junior with our founder Sarah by John Hwang.

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“A lot of times, the only way people can go through dog adoption is to go to a shelter,” Wolfgang tells Southern California Public Radio, “and dogs don’t have the opportunity to show adopters their true selves.”

The Dog Café allows potential adopters the chance to get to know each dog before bringing one home.

Drooling over the thought of visiting The Dog Café? Make a reservation here!