First Dog Cafe To Open In United States

The Dog Cafe brings rescue dogs and potential owners together in a more casual setting than a shelter.

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A cafe that caters to rescue dogs and those looking for a dog will have its grand opening next week. Via The Dog Cafe LA/Instagram
John Virata

You’ve probably heard of cat cafes before — where customers get to sip lattes while hanging out with cats. They’ve been popping up across the country over the last couple years. Now dogs are getting into the action.

The Dog Cafe, which aims to connect rescue dogs with potential owners, will hold its grand opening on April 7 in Los Angeles, California. The cafe is being billed as the first of its kind in the United States.

Located in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood, The Dog Cafe is the brainchild of Sarah Wolfgang, a woman who moved to Korea from the United States when she was a kid.

While in Korea, Wolfgang started going to dog cafes so she could spend time with the puppies there, but she told that those dogs came from puppy mills for the sole purpose of living their lives in the cafes.

When she drew up plans for a cafe back in the United States, she wanted to focus on rescue dogs.

“The first dog cafe in America will serve as a venue for humans to indulge in their love of dogs, while at the same time, bettering and saving the lives of many of our nation’s canine residents,” Wolfgang told

Wolfgang collaborates with the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter and other area shelters to find rescue dogs who need the most socialization and would benefit from a cafe setting, which enables people who are looking to adopt a new pet the opportunity to interact with potential canine companions in a “comfortable and fun space for humans and dogs,” according to the cafe’s website.

In addition to checking out the dogs at the cafe, which had a soft launch late last year, folks will also be able to purchase coffee from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. and Dogs Drink Coffee at the cafe’s adjoining coffee shop. An entrance fee of $10 per person includes a beverage and 55 minutes with the dogs. A liability waiver also must be signed prior to entrance.

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