Target: Sarah Wolfgang, animal enthusiast
Goal: Support a woman’s mission to start the first dog café in the United States
Pet cafés were originally seen as lures of the Eastern side of the world, and cat cafés are just starting to break ground in the United States. However, a woman in the busy city of Los Angeles, California, is planning to step-up the animal café game by starting a dog café.
Sarah Wolfgang was always keen on helping animals in need. When she was just 14, Sarah volunteered at an animal shelter in Korea, where she and the other volunteers successfully relocated 120 dogs in months. In 2010, Sarah started her own special needs animal relocation program and successfully relocated eight special needs dogs to loving homes. After moving to the United States, Sarah saw the need for a good adoption method to give dogs a chance to express their personalities and let people interact with the dogs, which is usually not available at the typical adoption center. Older dogs and special needs dogs are usually ignored as patrons seek young puppies to adopt at adoption centers, and interacting with dogs in a café setting will change this outlook on these types of dogs.
The dog café will be partnering with Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co., which sells Fair Trade coffee. This company donates 20 percent of its Southern California proceeds to local animal rescue services.
Due to the necessity to build a large space to allow dogs space to run around in the café, the cost of the café construction is set to be relatively high. Sarah started an Indiegogo campaign, which is an online global fundraising site to help individuals, businesses, and non-profit groups raise money.
Please sign the petition below to support Sarah Wolfgang’s mission to establish the first dog café in the United States. A dog café in Los Angeles will bring much-needed interaction between dogs in need and potential adopters, while simultaneously creating an enjoyable atmosphere for both dog and human.
Dear Sarah Wolfgang,
The news of your plan to open up the first dog café in the United States came as a pleasant surprise. You clearly have a passion for helping dogs, as you had started volunteering and helping to relocate hundreds of dogs since you were just 14 years old. The concept of establishing a dog café to allow dogs a chance to mingle with patrons and express their personalities is quite revolutionary. A dog café would be the ideal way for potential adopters to spend time with dogs and to pick their perfect pet.
Please continue with your mission to open a dog café in Los Angeles. Doing so will definitely create a positive impact on dog adoptions in the city. I look forward to reading about further developments of your campaign.
[Your Name Here]
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