Hankering for a ca-pooch-ino? You lucky dog: Los Angeles's first dog cafe is now open in Silver Lake. Called simply the Dog Cafe, owner Sarah Wolfgang originally started it as a pop-up in downtown L.A., but now it has a permanent home at its own storefront.
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 the medical costs of the pups. Wolfgang describes the cafe format as a way to revolutionize how people come to meet and adopt dogs.
"A lot of times, the only way people can go through dog adoption is to go to a shelter," she says, "and dogs don't have the opportunity to show adopters their true selves."
The dog cafe's environment is designed so that dogs and people can meet in a relaxed and playful setting.