UPDATED: Dog Cafe in QC Criticized for Poor Treatment of Dogs

Tip: Maybe don't drag and force dogs to interact with people.

PHOTO BY Wagging Tails Facebook page

(SPOT.ph) Over the previous weekend, Twitter user @DARLENESLAYS tweeted about her unfortunate experience at a pet café along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City.

In her thread, she detailed how she and her sister had to deal with unwanted comments from the male servers.

Aside from that, Darlene also noticed that the dogs in the café seemed nervous and uncomfortable, especially around the employees. She and sister waited for the dogs to approach them themselves, yet one of the employees forcibly dragged a pug towards them. The employee even pinched the dog’s ear because it wasn’t looking at the camera, and another dog was struck with a slipper later on.

Other people who have been to the café have shared their own experiences, and some have called for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society to look into these complaints. The café’s Facebook page has since been inundated with negative comments and a look at the reviews shows that there have been complaints both about poor customer service and the temperament of the dogs as early as October 2017, a few months after it opened. The owners of the café have previously said that they were standing behind their employees.

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Animal Rescue Family Manila has already reached out to the people behind the café and to Darlene to get both sides of the story, and they have reached an agreement with the café. The animal rescue and welfare group will be providing updates on the situation on their page. We've reached out to the café for comment but have received no reply as of writing

Pet cafés have been a charming addition to Metro Manila over the past few years. But this incident sheds light on the possibility that not all is cute and cuddly in this world, and that owners need to learn how to treat the stars of their cafés and their guests well. Similarly, guests need to look out for the pets and make sure they’re not stressing out the animals.

The cafe issued a statement on their Facebook page on December 27, 2018, along with a second related post on January 2, and improvements are being made in their operations, which include training in dog handling, proper behavior, and customer service for new staff members that have come on board.

Animal Rescue Family Manila (ARF Manila) has been monitoring the cafe over the past month, sharing updates about any progress made, and also facilitated a discussion and agreement between the cafe and the individual who originally posted about her experience.

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