You know what pop up cafes are. They are temporary restaurants that seem to appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly.
Well, the pop up café is morphing into something called a “pup up” café and is helping homeless dogs find forever homes while serving some good eats and coffee.
Where it’s Happening
For the most part, this is a new movement and is happening in larger cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. These cafes are there to get people to think about pet adoptions in a whole new way.
It used to be that the only way to adopt homeless pets was to go to a shelter. Those environments can be extremely stressful for both the dog and the human.
Then there started to be adoption fairs where dogs were brought out to stores like Pet Smart and Petco. The issue with these fairs is that the dogs are kept in crates for the most part unless someone shows an interest. And it’s only for a certain number of hours.
But now, these pup up cafes are combining good food, coffee and an opportunity to see adoptable dogs over a period of days not hours.
The first of these cafes was seen in January 2015 in Los Angeles and it was featured in magazines and on the evening news.
Do You Have to Adopt?
The answer is, of course, no. You can just come to one of these cafes for good coffee and conversation and give some dogs a chance at socialization.
It’s easier to imagine adopting a shelter animal when they’re in an environment that is happy and bright. Organizers of pup up cafes feel that too many dogs are being overlooked in shelters in large part because of the environment.
Get them out of the cages and into the sunshine where they can enjoy themselves and adoption rates could go up.
Typically, there is an admission fee which helps support the café as well as adoptions. Check the paper in your area or the Internet to see if there is a pup up café coming to your town.
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