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A One-Day-Only Guide Dogs Puppy Cafe Is Popping Up at Sydney Airport to Make Your Next Trip More Adorable

Consider this a PSA if you're flying in or out of Sydney Airport's Domestic Terminal 2 on Thursday, January 18.
By Sarah Ward
January 15, 2024
By Sarah Ward
January 15, 2024

It's impossible to be stressed when there's cute puppies around, which is as good a motto as any to live by. Are you the kind of person who gets tense rushing around airports, even if you've checked in early and you're heading off on your dream holiday — or you've just landed for a relaxing getaway? Here's something that'll help: for one day only at Sydney Airport, you can add spending time with tiny guide dogs to your trip.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has dubbed its pop-up a puppy cafe, and sipping a cuppa while patting labrador puppies Aero, Pax, Kingsford, Syd and Amelia is on the agenda. You'll need to make a date with Café Veloce at airport's Domestic Terminal 2 on Thursday, January 18, however, and be around between 10–11.30am and 12.30–2pm.

If anything is worth dropping your bags off well in advance of your flight or hanging around after disembarking, it's this. Tickets cost $15 for adults, and are only available at the door. Expect to have company — who wouldn't want to add some adorable Guide Dogs pups, which've been named the 'airport litter', to their airport visit?

Attendees will also be surrounded by Therapy Dogs as well as the five Guide Dogs pups, and get a free coffee as part of the entry fee

For Sydneysiders who aren't jetting anywhere anytime soon, you can still drop by, but you will need to go through airport security to get to the cafe.

"For one day only, we are thrilled to open up our Guide Dog cafe in Sydney Airport where ticket holders can meet the gorgeous airport litter and learn about the wonderful work of Guide Dogs," said Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Puppy Development Advisor Sabrina Gabrielle

"This day is all about highlighting the brilliant work that Guide Dogs does, raising awareness for our community and celebrating our wonderful Christmas appeal partnership with Sydney Airport."

"It takes over two years and costs $50,000 to breed, raise and train each life-changing Guide Dog, including the pups we'll have at our cafe. Through this event we want to recognise the crucial role all of our dogs play in helping Australians living with low vision and blindness lead a life without limits."

The Guide Dogs pop-up puppy cafe will be at Café Veloce in Sydney Airport's Domestic Terminal 2, Keith Smith Ave, Mascot, on Thursday, January 18 — with sessions from 10–11.30am and 12.30–2pm. You can buy tickets from $15 on the door. For more information about Guide Dogs Australia, head to the organisation's website.

Published on January 15, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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