New Canine-Themed Coffee Shop Aims To Save Shelter Dogs

Chicago resident Naji Al-Anwar lately quit his job as a freelance audio engineer to open up a small cafe. However this was no regular company. Al-Anwar wished that his little shop would aid make a difference on the planet.

He and also his future wife Lauren adopted their Pit Bull named Cora in 2019.

They rapidly saw that Friends of Chicago Animal Treatment as well as Control (FCACC) had not been getting the funds or acknowledgment it should have. So, Al-Anwar chose to make his coffeehouse a dog-themed organization to assist raise recognition for canines in need. He plans to partner with the shelter in as many means as feasible.

Ludlow Charlingtons Cafe lately opened up in Lincoln Park in Chicago. It’s a European-style coffeehouse with a little menu of drinks and also pastries. It’s 800 square feet, so there’s only room for two tables and also 11 counter seats. Yet, the charming pet decorations offset the absence of seating.

Al-Anwar’s goal is to aid shelter dogs with his brand-new organization. He made Cora the firm’s mascot, as well as he has started marketing merchandise with her face on it. 50% of the retailing sales will certainly most likely to the sanctuary.

“I started talking with Charlie Propsom, the creator of FCACC,” Al-Anwar stated, “and also within five minutes of consulting with her, I recognized exactly how enthusiastic as well as right into the reason she was. She tossed out 20 different means we can collaborate.”

Now, pets aren’t admitted the cafe, yet Al-Anwar hopes they will be when he discovers the city’s policies much better. A dog-friendly outside location will certainly be added soon. Plus, there’s always a dish of water outside for the pups walking by.

Obtaining the coffeehouse prepared during COVID was a battle, but now, Al-Anwar is delighted to ultimately make his dream a fact. He already has numerous concepts for how he can use his shop to aid pets locate houses. He’s intending to do an adoption occasion outside the store in the next month.

Shelters like FCACC always require more assistance than people realize. Like many shelters, they saw a boost in fosterings throughout the pandemic, but now they’re back to absorbing a lot more pets than normal. However, 10% of the dogs were euthanized in the past year, yet with more support and more financing, it will certainly be less complicated for them to rescue more canines.

“At the shelter [when we embraced Cora], we saw all these dogs, primarily pit bulls. It was really unfortunate. It’s an understaffed place. It doesn’t have wonderful financing, and it does not have excellent acknowledgment like PAWS. We wanted to repay to that neighborhood,” claimed Al-Anwar.

Al-Anwar is still getting the hang of being a successful entrepreneur, however he has big desires for the future. His family is really happy that they located their furry good friend at the sanctuary, and also they intend to assist even more dogs like Cora. Ideally, Ludlow Charlingtons will certainly be the best method to spread out recognition.