Ola Loutfi has two canine and couldn’t discover any locations to go to along with her four-legged buddies and meet different canine homeowners. So she opened the Canine Cafe in 6 October Metropolis in Giza governorate in Could.
Impressed by her son’s firm that sells nutritious cooked meals for canine and cats, she got here up with the thought to determine the primary cafe for canine in Egypt.
“I all the time dreamt to have my very own espresso store to serve company good high quality espresso and snacks in a snug and pleasant atmosphere accompanied by their pets,” Loutfi advised Al-Monitor. “My dream has come true.”
On the cafe, canine can take pleasure in a particular menu that features a important course, snacks and balanced meals along with their homeowners who can order a cup of espresso, recent juices and sandwiches or salads.
Earlier than she opened the Canine Cafe, Loutfi confronted many obstacles, one in all which was funding. “I used to be not in a position to fund this challenge alone,” stated Loutfi, who labored at a number of worldwide firms. “I shared the thought with my buddy Hossam Hassan who was thrilled and instantly turned my accomplice.”
Deciding on a spot for the cafe was one other impediment she confronted.
“When a district discovered that the cafe can be for canine they refused flat out,” she recalled. “I felt annoyed and obtained drained and bored.”
Sooner or later, she proposed the thought to homeowners of Eden Plaza within the upscale district of al-Sheikh Zayed on the outskirts of Giza governorate.
“They preferred the thought lots and inspired me,” she stated. “They really helpful that I hire a store close to the plaza’s entrance and the storage in order that the canine homeowners may park and produce their canine straight to the cafe.”
In Could, she opened the Canine Cafe, which has an indoor area of 200 sq. meters (2,150 sq. ft) and 150 sq. meters (1,615 sq. ft) outdoors.
When designing the cafe, Loutfi used decorations that may be comforting for the canine and their homeowners.
“The design of the ground is like that of hospitals — it’s fabricated from nonporous ceramics to make sure that if a canine has ticks the eggs cannot get caught in between the tiles and hurt different canine,” Loutfi stated, noting that there are additionally massive areas between the canine hooks.
“Once we opened the cafe and welcomed canine and their homeowners within the first two weeks it was a nightmare as they barked at one another. However after some time our purchasers advised us that when they’re about to enter the cafe, their canine begin getting excited,” she famous.
Along with meals and drinks for canine and their homeowners, the Canine Cafe sells pet equipment, shampoos, toys and instruments for canine security.
Loutfi fastidiously chosen the cafe’s workers. At first, some refused the thought as soon as they discovered that they might be ready on canine and presenting trays of meals to them. Nonetheless, some households now encourage their daughters to work on the Canine Cafe believing “it’s a secure place for them.”
Loutfi additionally organizes free classes by consultants who find out about canine (well being) care.
Work discovered within the tombs of historic Egyptians present that canine had been used for looking and as companions. For example, a tomb courting to 3500 BC depicts a person strolling his canine on a leash, whereas work in different tombs present herding canine.
In trendy Egypt, many locals contemplate stray canine as unclean and impure creatures, nullifying spiritual practices in Muslim households with canine.
In 2020, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawky Allam refuted this damaging picture and stated canine are pure and might reside in a family with out invalidating spiritual practices.
Loutfi stated that every time she appeared on a media platform along with her unprecedented concept of the Canine Cafe, she obtained combined reactions.
“Many describe my challenge as trivial and advise me to deal with orphans or most cancers sufferers. I advised them that I’m not a charity or governmental physique. The challenge is my enterprise and I’ve workers and that’s their livelihood,” she defined.
Contained in the cafe, there’s a donation field for Talya’s Rescue Furbabies, a nonprofit animal rescue group based mostly in Cairo that gives pressing life-saving medical look after injured canine together with vaccination, sterilization, rehabilitation and rehousing.
“Day-after-day I take the remaining meals and sandwiches and provides them to the canine and cats within the streets,” Loutfi stated.
She concluded, “I began the wave of making a haven for canine and making them bond collectively and with folks. I hope many individuals will comply with.”