America’s First Dog Cafe Celebrates Its Grand Opening In Silver Lake

Care for a latte and a lab? Maybe a macchiato and a Maltese? We’ve got the spot for you

Haven’t we all dreamt of a place where coffee flows like water and puppies frolic freely in our midst? Well guess what: Dreams do come true. Starting today you can get your caffeine and canine fix at Silver Lake’s new Dog Café, the first of its kind in America.

For $10, customers can pick up a cup of coffee or tea and head over to the dog lounge, where they can sip while snuggling up with furry friends during a 55-minute reservation. The café is designed to help L.A.’s local shelter pups find their forever homes as all of them are available for adoption. The Dog Cafe’s founder, Sarah Wolfgang, has been an animal activist for much of her life; at 14, she traveled to South Korea and volunteered in canine shelters. She was inspired by popular dog cafés in her home country, but she took issue with the fact that many of those dogs came from puppy mills, according to the Los Angeles TimesAfter moving to the U.S. in 2014, Wolfgang raised $16,000 on Indiegogo to open her very own dog café. “There are people who believe some dogs are unadoptable,” she told us last year ahead of a “Pup-Up” pop-up event. “I don’t believe that. I think every possible option should be exhausted before euthanization is considered.” Wolfgang’s Dog Café specifically looks for dogs who have been at the shelter the longest and are at the highest risk of being euthanized.

The café will provide beverages from Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. and Dogs Drink Coffee, both of which donate a portion of their proceeds to supporting animal rescues. Retail products for both two-legged and four-legged species will also be available.

As if you needed any more incentive to visit this place, consider this: Royce the German Shepard-Chihuahu mix, Twinkie the Cairn Terrier, and Boo the Lab-Boxer mix are all waiting for you to go play with and possibly adopt them. So hurry up and make a reservation.

→ The Dog Cafe, 240 N. Virgil Ave (Unit 13), Silver Lake