About Us


Lost Dog Café began in a tiny storefront space in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood in 1985 as a small unassuming wine, beer, and cheese shop.  Owners Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee started small, dreamed big and worked countless long hours until things slowly fell into place as the Lost Dog Café, a Northern Virginia destination well known for its great food and extensive beer selection. Lifelong animal lovers, Ross & Pam started rescuing dogs early in their business career. It began with a few dogs being rescued from local shelters. Employees at the Café were soon fielding calls from dog adopters in between orders without missing a beat; and the rescue mission became part of the Lost Dog culture.  In 2009 Lost Dog Café opened a second location on Columbia Pike and soon followed with McLean (2011), Dunn Loring (2013), and Alexandria (2015).  All Lost Dog Café locations are owned and operated by former employees and members of the Lost Dog Café family who are well versed and committed to carry on Ross and Pam’s dedication to good food, good beer, great customer service, and a deep-rooted love for animals that embody the Lost Dog Café way.


Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation was founded in 2001 to help continue and expand the rescue efforts of the original Lost Dog Café.  The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation devoted to helping homeless dogs and cats find forever homes. Today, LDCRF finds homes for 2,000+ animals per year and estimates more than 30,000 lives have been saved since its inception. The foundation’s success is due in no small part to the continued support of the Lost Dog Café restaurants, its loyal customers, and the 100’s of LDCRF Volunteers.