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"For the Love of Dogs" we have, need & will rescue

Help us build a community of dog lovers with Westchester County's FIRST Dog-Friendly Café, K9 Training & Social Club.

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Campaign Ends on November 1, 2021

Project Description

We LOVE our DOGS...

 

 

In New York, over 27% of households own dogs. With a population of about 19 million people that equals 4.75 million dogs! But this is no surprise because studies have shown that dog ownership brings with it many benefits:

  1. Cuddling a dog is therapeutic and ownership correlates with reduced blood pressure.
  2. Dog owners engage in more physical activity and exercise than the average person.
  3. Companion and therapy dogs help with depression and anxiety management and anecdotal evidence shows that dogs reduce feelings of loneliness and increase socialization with other humans.

This is why, during the COVID-19 pandemic Americans added dogs to their family more than ever before! 

So, as a new pup parent, the moment I brought my girl Roxie home, I was in love...

As a first time dog owner, I needed to learn the in's and out's of raising a puppy and I wanted to build relationships with other dog owners. But I found it so difficult to do so. The COVID Pandemic shut down most training clubs and as the change in weather came, it was more difficult to get her out to our local dog parks. It was also difficult for me to enjoy the dog parks, because they cater to the needs of the dogs and not the owners.  But I was determined to keep her socialized. So I searched, and searched online for any businesses that could provide me with indoor spaces and services that would allow me to learn, play and hang with Roxie and others. But to no avail, the only option was a doggie daycare.  I quickly realized that they are run in a way that wouldn't allow me the space to build my relationship with Roxie or with other dog lovers.

So, I thought, “What if there was a dog-friendly café and training facility that would be comfortable and fun for dogs and their owners and that would help grow the bond between human and his/her best friend?”

Welcome to: For the Love of Dogs NY LLC… 

 

"For the Love of Dogs" will be the first Dog-Friendly Café, Indoor Training & Social Club in Westchester County, New York.  As COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and people head back to work, there will be a greater need for services that can help owners and their dogs as they transition through this change. Recent statistics have shown that the number of dogs being surrendered back to shelters has gone up 12%.  It is my belief that "For the Love of Dogs" can make a positive impact on this number. If dog owners and dog lovers have a place that can provide some K9 education, space for them and their dogs to stay active year-long,  and financial flexibility for daily care, they would have a community of support and be less likely to surrender the family pet. 

At our K9 Café, Training & Social Club, we will offer you the opportunity to learn and practice training techniques, stay for some food and refreshments to socialize with other dog lovers, all while watching your pups safely play under the supervision of our trained handlers. If after all that play, you'd like your pup to return home clean? Well, we'll have you covered with our self-washing stations and grooming appointments. Don't have or can't have a dog but LOVE dogs? You're welcome here as well! Come to mix, mingle and play with the pooches.

Our vision is to not just build a business but to build a community that will support non-profit animal shelters and/or rescues. In fact, we are currently supporting Pet Rescue in Harrison NY with a plan to host an adoption fair for them as our very first K9 Club Event!

Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 1982, whose mission is to save homeless, abandoned, or neglected dogs and cats and find them caring, responsible homes. Since it’s beginning, the group has rescued more than 20,000 animals. 
 

Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 1982, whose mission is to save homeless, abandoned, or neglected dogs and cats and find them caring, responsible homes. Since it’s beginning, the group has rescued more than 20,000 animals. 

Our one-of-kind Play Area

 

 

The crown jewel of our business will be the spacious indoor play area, "Roxie's Ruffhouse", which will be equipped with amenities for "man's best friend." This area will be divided into two sections. Our plan is to purchase a flexible gating system that will allow us to divide the play areas by dog size, temperament or even between the dogs who stay for daycare and those who are there with their owners.  

Included are:

agility ramps

doggy water fountains 

crawl tunnels

other physically and mentally stimulating pieces of equipment for all dogs to enjoy

 

 

Our first-of-kind Dog Friendly Café

While the pups train & play, pet owners will be able to refuel at Cali's Café.  There we will offer coffee and tea as well as pastries, bagels, salads, wraps and other quick bites for purchase.  Eventually our goal is to provide a full service menu that will include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of course, no self-respecting café would be complete without free WIFI. Here, dog lovers are free to utilize the space to mix and mingle with others or spend time working remotely on their devices. This area will be separate from the play area and dogs here will be on leash, however the design of the space will allow for everyone in the seating areas to see the dogs. 

Thanks to "The Pack" Indoor Dog Park in Michigan, you can see the vision for our K9 Training & Social Club.

 "The PACK" 3D Simulation

 

Worried about the health and safety of your dogs?
 
 

 

Throughout the play park, we will install a Polylast Microbial Floor that will provide a softer surface for the dog’s joints and is non-porous. 

 

The Microban Antimicrobial Technology will help to fight off any bacteria that is tracked by the playing pups. We will add an indoor turf filtration system, a set of K9 Kennel Potty Stations, to provide an area in which we will encourage the dogs “to go”. These stations come made with a raised artificial turf so that the liquids are drained out below and can be sanitized and dried each night. We will also provide water fountains, benches and side tables for people and pets to use and enjoy. 

To ensure the safety of all our furry visitors, dog handlers (trained and supervised by our Certified Dog Trainer) will conduct temperament tests and vaccination record checks for each dog entering "Roxie's Ruffhouse" or staying for "Kika's Kuts" & "Brody's Bubble Baths" grooming sessions or "Lucky's Lessons" dog training. 

Services we plan to provide...
                                       with your help of course!

 

 

 

  • Lucky's Lessons - Private, Group, Day Care & At-home Training Sessions and Monthly Training Memberships
  • Bodhi's Bubble Baths - Self Service Washing Stations
  • Kika's Kuts - Grooming Service
  • Puppy Pawty's - room rental for birthday party's
  • K9 Club Events - Adoption Fairs & Fundraisers, K9 Twinning Contests, Pup & Parent Painting Party,  Fun & Fitness with Fido & Many More!

Shipping

Shipping cost will be calculated after the campaign ends. We cap our shipping cost at $10 for the USA; $25 for European countries; $19 for Italy. We will quote other destinations individually.

The Next Step

 

 

Right now, we need your help raising the funds to secure our location and begin the buildout of our Dog-Friendly Café/Indoor Play Park, K9 Training & Social Club.  The funds raised in this campaign will be used to:

  • secure our LARGE, FABULOUSLY LOCATED space
  • buildout the café & play park spaces
  • purchase equipment needed to support our admission and K9 screening process
  • additional funds (if applicable) will be used to support the working capital needed when our doors open later this year

Our Team

 

 

Founders Rosalinda & Roxie Garcia
Business Manager Barbara Finiguerra

​​Thank you for Your Support

 

 

We can't wait until we can say we are the FIRST Dog-Friendly Café
, K9 Training & Social club open for business. So please support us as we get this fun and exciting project on it's "Dog-on-it" Way!

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where will our establishment be located? 

Watch the YouTube video which explains the answer to this question: https://youtu.be/KaMMFgYgNLM

2. How much will a visit to our K9 Training/Social Club cost?

Watch the YouTube video which explains the answer to this question: https://youtu.be/uvApdzKn_aM

3. How is our K9 Social Club structured? 

Watch the YouTube video which explains the answer to this question: https://youtu.be/_YXWAZ68j3w

4. How will the cafe work?

5. Will we require updated vaccination records?

6. Will we provide training?

7. How will we keep the facility clean?

Watch the YouTube video which explains the answers to this questions: https://youtu.be/RfKyyIh-qPk

Jose Miranda
09/10/2021
Custom Pet Poster
$100
09/10/2021
Add your Pup to our PACK Wall Mural
$500
Chloe
09/09/2021
Custom Pet Poster
$100
Rita
08/31/2021
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Pin
$30
Giovanni La Porta
08/24/2021
Monetary Contribution
$41
Monique
08/22/2021
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Pin
$30
John Morales
08/17/2021
Monetary Contribution
$90
Giovanni Rosario
08/16/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
08/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Nancy
08/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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15.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Sticker

For pledging this amount, you will be able to "brag" about your "Love of Dogs" using one of our custom made vinyl stickers. These stickers are clear and high quality which can go on reusable water bottles, car/door/windows, computers, lockers, notebooks, mirrors, etc. 

You can choose (3) of the following phrases. When the campaign closes, you will be emailed samples of all of the designs. One example has been provided for reference. 

I LOVE MY DOG

#1 DOG MOM

PROUD DOG LOVER

MY BABY HAS 4 LEGS

THE DOG FATHER

I CHERISH MY GODPUPPY

BEST GRANDMA EVER

MY MOMMY HAS 2 LEGS

I ALWAYS STAY PAWSITIVE

 

 

 

 

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30.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Pin

For this pledge you will receive a 2 inch decorative acrylic pin or a 2x3 inch key chain that will put on display your "Love of Dogs".  You can attach the pin to your clothing and accessories like a purse, backpack or hat. The pins and keychains were developed using our Logo and brand colors of Black, White, Hot Pink and Teal.

You can choose between one of the following phrases:

I Love My Dog

#1 Dog Mom

The Dog Father 

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50.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Bandana

With this contribution, you will receive a custom "For the Love of Dogs" Bandana for your pup. These bandanas are made with snap buttons and will be ordered according to your pup's neck size. With this pledge, not only are you supporting our business, but you are supporting Dogdana & Co. who created these custom bandanas to represent "For the Love of Dogs." Dogdana & Co. is owned by a fellow female entrepreneur, Valerie.

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85.00 USD
One of a Kind/Custom Made Leash Hooks

Show off your "Love of Dogs" with this custom made wall hook. With this pledge you can choose to have your hook displayed in our facility for use when you and your pup visit, or have it customized with your pooch's name for your home. At the close of the campaign, you will be asked which option you'd like and the dog breed you prefer to use. There are 99 of them, so don't worry, you dog will be represented!

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100.00 USD
Custom Pet Poster

For pledging this amount, you will receive an invitation to design your own 21 x 28 inch poster which will feature a photo of your pup with an inspirational quote. Once received, you can then frame and displayed it in your home to show your "love of dogs." A sample of my Pup Roxie has been included for reference. You can choose from the following quotes or provide your own:

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull 

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan

“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” – Harry Truman

 

 

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150.00 USD
Custom Wall Decal for your Home

With this pledge, you will receive a custom wall graphic, sometimes known as a wall decal or wall sticker, to help you add style to your home or office. It is made from a self-adhesive fabric that looks great and won't damage your walls. 

Included in this reward is a 24 inch by 24 inch decal which can include a photo of your pup, family and a phrase or name. An example has been provided above. 

You will be contacted after the campaign closes to submit the photo, text and colors you'd like to be included in the wall decal. 

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250.00 USD
Join our PACK BACKER Wall of Fame!

For pledging this amount to our campaign, you will be asked to email the favorite photo of your pup. We will then professionally print and frame the photo (including your pup's name, your city & state) to display on our PACK BACKER WALL OF FAME. Once this display is completed, you will receive an email with a photo of the finished product and receive a personal shout out on our FB and IG pages. 

Be sure to act fast! This reward won't last...

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500.00 USD
Add your Pup to our PACK Wall Mural

With this pledge, your pup will be included in our master work of art...  our "For the Love of Dogs" Wall Mural. 

This mural will be prominently displayed in our facility and designed by your 4-legged babies. An example has been included that's used as inspiration for our mural.

When you make this pledge, you will be emailed and asked for the photo you'd like us to use for the mural. Upon completion, a photo of the mural with a handwritten note will be mailed to you. 

If you want your pup to be admired and adored by all who visit our facility, be sure to get in on this reward! We are limited to 50 participants. 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

13 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Sticker

For pledging this amount, you will be able to "brag" about your "Love of Dogs" using one of our custom made vinyl stickers. These stickers are clear and high quality which can go on reusable water bottles, car/door/windows, computers, lockers, notebooks, mirrors, etc. 

You can choose (3) of the following phrases. When the campaign closes, you will be emailed samples of all of the designs. One example has been provided for reference. 

I LOVE MY DOG

#1 DOG MOM

PROUD DOG LOVER

MY BABY HAS 4 LEGS

THE DOG FATHER

I CHERISH MY GODPUPPY

BEST GRANDMA EVER

MY MOMMY HAS 2 LEGS

I ALWAYS STAY PAWSITIVE

 

 

 

 

147 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Pin

For this pledge you will receive a 2 inch decorative acrylic pin or a 2x3 inch key chain that will put on display your "Love of Dogs".  You can attach the pin to your clothing and accessories like a purse, backpack or hat. The pins and keychains were developed using our Logo and brand colors of Black, White, Hot Pink and Teal.

You can choose between one of the following phrases:

I Love My Dog

#1 Dog Mom

The Dog Father 

246 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
"For the Love of Dogs" Brag Swag Bandana

With this contribution, you will receive a custom "For the Love of Dogs" Bandana for your pup. These bandanas are made with snap buttons and will be ordered according to your pup's neck size. With this pledge, not only are you supporting our business, but you are supporting Dogdana & Co. who created these custom bandanas to represent "For the Love of Dogs." Dogdana & Co. is owned by a fellow female entrepreneur, Valerie.

250 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
85.00 USD
One of a Kind/Custom Made Leash Hooks

Show off your "Love of Dogs" with this custom made wall hook. With this pledge you can choose to have your hook displayed in our facility for use when you and your pup visit, or have it customized with your pooch's name for your home. At the close of the campaign, you will be asked which option you'd like and the dog breed you prefer to use. There are 99 of them, so don't worry, you dog will be represented!

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Custom Pet Poster

For pledging this amount, you will receive an invitation to design your own 21 x 28 inch poster which will feature a photo of your pup with an inspirational quote. Once received, you can then frame and displayed it in your home to show your "love of dogs." A sample of my Pup Roxie has been included for reference. You can choose from the following quotes or provide your own:

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull 

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan

“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” – Harry Truman

 

 

496 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Custom Wall Decal for your Home

With this pledge, you will receive a custom wall graphic, sometimes known as a wall decal or wall sticker, to help you add style to your home or office. It is made from a self-adhesive fabric that looks great and won't damage your walls. 

Included in this reward is a 24 inch by 24 inch decal which can include a photo of your pup, family and a phrase or name. An example has been provided above. 

You will be contacted after the campaign closes to submit the photo, text and colors you'd like to be included in the wall decal. 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Join our PACK BACKER Wall of Fame!

For pledging this amount to our campaign, you will be asked to email the favorite photo of your pup. We will then professionally print and frame the photo (including your pup's name, your city & state) to display on our PACK BACKER WALL OF FAME. Once this display is completed, you will receive an email with a photo of the finished product and receive a personal shout out on our FB and IG pages. 

Be sure to act fast! This reward won't last...

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Add your Pup to our PACK Wall Mural

With this pledge, your pup will be included in our master work of art...  our "For the Love of Dogs" Wall Mural. 

This mural will be prominently displayed in our facility and designed by your 4-legged babies. An example has been included that's used as inspiration for our mural.

When you make this pledge, you will be emailed and asked for the photo you'd like us to use for the mural. Upon completion, a photo of the mural with a handwritten note will be mailed to you. 

If you want your pup to be admired and adored by all who visit our facility, be sure to get in on this reward! We are limited to 50 participants. 

48 Left
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Select this reward