At Fido's, your beer might come with a new best friend.
The Portland, Oregon, establishment is the world's first bar/dog rescue. The idea came to owner Scott Porter after he heard about cat cafes, and decided it was time for a dog bar. The dogs have their own space where they live, but they come down to the bar and mingle with patrons who are interested in adopting.
Porter has partnered with Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (OFOSA), an organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in central California. OFOSA representatives interview all potential dog owners to ensure they go to good homes, and there is a mandatory three-day waiting period before a dog can leave to make sure alcohol didn't fuel any decisions.
Since Fido's opened in early 2018, more than 70 dogs have been adopted, Today reports. Porter said he's learned a lot in the months since — from how to run a bar to how to work with charities — and seeing the rescue dogs bond with their new owners has been "extremely rewarding."