America Could Get Its First Dog Cafe

Soon you can snuggle with an adoptable dog while enjoying your coffee. By Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

If you're more of a dog person and you've been waiting for man's best friend to get a cafe to compete with the growing number of U.S. cat cafes, you're in luck. America's first dog cafe could be setting up shop in Los Angeles soon.

Animal lover Sarah Wolfgang has launched an Indiegogo campaign in hopes to raise $200,000 by Feb. 5 to open the aptly named Dog Cafe.

Dog cafes are a popular attraction in Korea, where Wolfgang previously volunteered at animal shelters and helped find homes for special-needs dogs.

Patrons sip on coffee or tea while petting and snuggling dogs of all sizes and personalities. Most of these cafes are businesses that don't adopt their dogs out, but Wolfgang wants to do things differently.

"The Dog Cafe is going to put a spin on the way people adopt by totally reinventing the way we connect with homeless dogs," her Indiegogo page reads. "We want to provide you with the opportunity to see these highly adoptable pooches in their true light."

Wolfgang is working with both local rescues, as well as Korean shelters, to find dogs for her venture. The dogs will live at the cafe and be allowed to freely roam around the "dog zone" where they can interact with potential adopters.

Because of Los Angeles Health Department regulations, dog cafes — as well as cat cafes — must have two separate rooms. In one, patrons can purchase coffee or tea, and if they want to interact with the dogs, they simply enter the dog area.

Currently, Wolfgang plans to sell only drinks as food can make dogs territorial. Coffee will be provided by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., a Santa Monica-based company that donates 20 percent of its profits to a local shelter.

Wolfgang says Dog Cafe won't be just for those interested in adopting a dog. Because many apartments don't allow renters to keep pets, she says the cafe will be the ideal place for people to come get their dog fix.

"Even if you're not looking to adopt, you can still enjoy all of the sloppy kisses you've ever wanted."