History of the Lost Dog Cafe
The Lost Dog Café has been serving up great pizza, hot sandwiches and beer from around the world in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood since 1985. Well known as a place to get great food at a great price, the café also serves up a hefty slice of compassion with each pizza. Café owners Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee have been rescuing stray dogs and cats almost as long as they have been in business and the effort continues. Since 2001, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has saved the lives of over 18,000 dogs and cats, helping them connect with loving families and forever homes.
In May of 2009, the Lost Dog Cafe’s own Wes Clough, Jim Barnes, Mike Barnes, and Mike Danner began to grow the organization leveraging the great menu and well established neighborhood good will with the same value and mission to rescue dogs and cats. This effort has resulted in a second, third and fourth Lost Dog Café store in South Arlington (May 2009), McLean (January 2011), and Dunn Loring (Summer 2012). Each of the guys have been part of our Lost Dog family since the 90s and have a personal understanding of what makes the Lost Dog Café so special to its valued customers.