It will be the ultimate pup-up venue.
The Barkery – New Zealand’s first adoptable dog cafe – came a step close to fruition, with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign.
Organisers hope to raise $50,000 to construct the new site in Christchurch’s red zone, close to New Brighton.
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Visitors to the cafe will be able to choose from a human and a canine menu, and learn about and interact with local rescue dogs looking for a new home.
A percentage of all profits will be returned to local dog shelters.
The concept was formed in 2019 when co-founders Jack Penniket and Ally Mullord wanted to help rescue dogs find new owners – as only 12 per cent of New Zealand’s pet dogs adopted from shelters.
Penniket said the aim was to provide a venue built around “the dog-human experience”.
“Our Christchurch cafe will sit right here in the red zone, with plenty of open space and indoor and outdoor seating,” he said.
“It’ll be completely dog-friendly.
“While dog welfare considerations mean we won’t have adoptable dogs on site every day, our friends at Dogwatch and Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue, say they’ll visit as often as they can.”
The venue will showcase adoptable dogs with displays, digital signage and plenty of info about the adoption process, he said.
The proposed site was secured through Life in Vacant Spaces. Penniket said if successful he would like to see a Barkery in even more cities.
“We’d like to see adoption become the first choice for everyone who wants to bring a dog into their family,” he said.
“We hope that by operating a thriving, exciting, and rescue-focused hospitality venue we can continue to raise awareness, raise funds, and provide an awesome experience for Christchurch ‘dog people’ at the same time.”
The crowdfunding page can be found here.