Giant dog café opening soon – & it boasts indoor beach and pup adoption services

Listen up, dog lovers! You can soon take your four-legged companion to a special cafe for pooches.

Alfie's Island Café is set to launch on a 22-acre site in Timperley, Greater Manchester.

Not only will it cater to those who already have pets, it serves those who don’t too.

Customers can hang out with the adorable pups and order food from an American-inspired menu, reports Manchester Evening News.

The venue has space for up to 120 guests, as well as an outside dining area, private room and indoor dog beach.

And it’s all for a good cause – as the cafe allows punters to adopt a pooch if they want to.

Owners Tony and Tania Golden work with the Starlight Barking Trust to bring strays over from Greece – where there are very few charities and facilities to care for and rehome dogs – and help them to find their forever home in the UK.

Their own golden retriever Alfie, after whom the new site is named, was rescued from the country and only responded to commands in Greek for the first few months.

The couple, originally from the USA, socialise the dogs before introducing them to potential new owners.

Dogs up for adoption will wear little bandanas as they walk around the cafe, and anyone interested will be able to spend time playing with them in a dedicated meet and greet area.

The menu at Alfie's Island Cafe will feature gourmet hot dogs, burgers, paninis and seafood, as well as American pancakes and a dedicated kids' menu.

There are also smoothies, shakes, and a selection of beers and wines, plus baked goods and meals for dogs.

Tony hopes to be able to host outdoor film screenings in the warmer months.

The Goldens are also able to offer overnight, cage-free stays for dogs to support their day care offering.

A focus for the couple is to create a space that has minimal stress for the dogs visiting and staying over.

Tony said: "The dogs get a chance to play outside if they want to, they can play together and sleep together.

"We do really look at things from a scientific side – it's not just about making a play area that looks pretty.

"A lot of dogs will freak out in a kind of warehouse setting, it can mess with their personality. They're so much happier here.

"It's a very big space with a lot of flexibility, and that's what we love about it."

The couple are aiming to open Alfie's Island Cafe soon, though they are still waiting for clearer guidance from the government.

Tony said: "The last thing we want it so to get things up and running and then have to close it down again.

"We've got a few loose ends to tie up but we're pretty much ready to go.

"We're really looking forward to it.

"A lot of people need this – they need that feel-good factor and to get away from all the torment in the world at the minute."

You can keep up with the latest updates by following their Facebook page.

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