SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul’s Gangdong District will be the first municipality in the country to open an animal shelter-cum-coffeeshop when the “Gangdong Reborn Center” opens its doors on November 24.
With the pet population continuing to surge to an estimated ten million, abandoned animal cases have increased correspondingly. The district office expects the three-story, 495 square meter facility to play a part in the adoption process for such animals, from taking them in to connecting them with new owners.
“The word ‘Reborn’ means that the abandoned animals will gain new life through adoption, and that the relationship between pet and owner will be forged anew through training and education,” said the local government. “This is the first time a shelter for abandoned animals has become a cafe and culture center that local residents can freely visit.”
The first floor will have an adoption area capable of holding 20 to 25 dogs, a playground and the coffeeshop. The second and third floors will handle adoption paperwork, pet consulting, and will offer pet training by a specialist.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.