New Zealand's first ever adoptable dog cafe opens

NZ 22/03/2022

It's been a long time coming but it's finally here! 

Exciting news for Kiwi dog lovers. A quick catch-up with a friend at the cafe could turn into accidentally coming home with a new doggo.

The first-ever adoptable dog cafe 'The Barkery' has opened in Christchurch with opening hours 9 am to 2 pm on weekends. 

The cafe's core purpose is incredible. It is to provide a chance for the homeless and abandoned dogs to get a forever home.

Every weekend, dogs from three separate dog rescue organisations will be brought into 'The Barkery' to meet and find their caring owners. 

Founder Jack Penniket said that sorting a menu that cater both dogs and people was the hardest part. 

He's working on a trademark for the barkcuterie board of meats as he claims that it's never been seen before. 

A percentage of the profits will be returned to local dog shelters. 

“I’ve been volunteering at dog rescues for the last five years now and always had a very soft spot for dogs and canine companions" said Jack. 

The idea is to create a space that would have dogs’ best interests in mind, get these guys up for adoption

Jack is excited to finally see Barkery open after a lot of fundraising and planning over the past two years. 

”We’ve seen a few animal-themed cafes pop up around the world for a little bit now. I would really love to see a dog cafe on home soil,” he said.

These are some of cafe experience and fun doggy activities that they provide. 

  • Coffe + Cold Drinks
  • Toasted Sandwiches
  • Cabinet Food
  • Doggy Bags and Barkcuterie Boards
  • Merchandise/Toys
  • Education
  • Training Seminars
  • Offleash Sensory Enrichment Area

To know the rest of the facilities,  check out the 'The Barkery' website

The three organizations helping Penniket are the Dog Watch Sanctuary Trust, Greyhounds As Pets NZ, and Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue. Each organization gets dogs sent from across New Zealand. 

'The Barkery' is based in Christchurch’s riverside red zone, close to New Brighton. The venue was built with the aim to provide a 'dog-human experience'. 

“Our Christchurch cafe will sit right here in the red zone, with plenty of open space and indoor and outdoor seating. It’ll be completely dog-friendly.”