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Let a pet adopt you at these paw-sitive joints

Most Indian families balk at the thought of owning a pet, whether it’s a dog or a cat. Financial and space constraints are usually the top reasons cited. And until millennials build their own nest and settle down, house rules apply.

Love animals but can’t have a pet or afford one? Visit these pet cafes in your city for your personal fill of animal love.

1. Gostana, Mumbai

In a city where space the size of a tile costs more than twice your monthly salary, owning a pet is considered an extreme luxury. 

Such simple joys as owning a pet can be experienced at Gostana, an all-day cafeteria in Khar. Hang out with Zizou — the ultra-friendly resident Golden Retriever — and munch on some delectable burgers and sandwiches as the stereo rolls out retro hits.

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2. Puppychino, Delhi

Two labradors and a husky are resident angels at this new-age cafe in Delhi’s surreal Shahpur Jat locality. This alone is a great reason to visit.

The first dog cafe in the city, Puppychino also doubles up as a co-working space and serves great pizzas, pastas and shakes. If the pooches don’t kill you with their sweetness, the food will surely send you to heaven.

Find them here.

3. Therpup Dog Cafe, Bangalore

Upping the numbers to 10 dogs and an inviting setting, Therpup is indeed one therapeutic place.

The cafe’s location, away in the distant suburb of Whitefield, usually does not deter patrons from driving there to spend time with Charlie, Oreo, Mojo, Lucky and many other devilishly cute, four-legged friends.

“Even though I live near Cantonment, I come here at least once a month to cuddle these cuties,” said Gayatri Rao, a 26-year-old software engineer.

Their Nachizza chicken pizza is a house favourite as well.

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4. The Love Room, Kolkata

When the going gets tough on the streets of the East, one could do with a bit of unselfish love.

Kolkata’s first dog cafe, The Love Room has nine adorable dogs ranging from a husky, labradors, golden retrievers and shih-tzus.

A large menu serving usual cafe fare along with local favourites (Tangra-style Chilli Chicken) and beer make this a truly lovely room to spend time in.

Find them here.

5. Cafe de Loco, Hyderabad

A unique concept in India’s most liveable city, this cafe has no star resident dogs but usually fosters stray puppies, which are put up for (legal) adoption every weekend.

You can choose to spend time with them, or volunteer in raising them. Built to resemble Goa’s shacks amid the boulder-strewn landscape of Gachibowli, they have a separate kitchen and menu for dogs too!

Regular movie nights and hobby classes seal the deal.

Find them here.

Image Credit: Puppychino (1), (2)




Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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