Who We Are

We are more than just a cafe

I had visited Asheville about 25 years ago when I was on spring break from college,  and I just loved the mountains. My dream had always been to have a café where people can hang out and enjoy life. When my boyfriend, Mike, and I decided we needed a life and scenery change, we started looking for property near Asheville.  We found a gem when we visited Burnsville; it had that small town charm and everyone was so welcoming. We decided to stay and fulfill that dream. Because rescuing animals has been a life-long passion, I incorporated my love of animals  and rescue work into the cafe.  Rescue Dog Cafe was born.

Stop by the Rescue Dog Café where you can make a difference while satisfying your desire for your morning coffee.

Every cup of coffee you purchase at the café helps an animal in need as we donate a percentage of our regular coffee sales everyday to local charities.


The cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere inside and out. Enjoy a great cup of lavender latte on the biggest deck in Burnsville with the free mountain views. We have unlimited easy-access parking a short distance east of the town square. This provides a quiet setting to unwind, hang out, read, or browse your favorite websites with our free wi-fi. Bring your pooch along, and they can enjoy a free puppy latte or other homemade doggy treats.


Our delicious, organic, fair-trade coffee and espresso drinks complement our bakery items made fresh every morning. And don’t miss out on our amazing bagels brought in from Asheville along with our homemade cream cheese. We have Gluten Free and Vegan options as well.


For those non coffee drinkers, we have organic teas and other drink choices. Specialty items such as cake pops and homemade cheesecakes baked in a jar will please the adults, as well as the children. Local arts and crafts, which can be excellent gifts or home decorations, can be found displayed around the store. And, of course, we have lots of dog-related items.


Finally, don’t forget we are only open in the mornings on weekdays as we must tend to Lost Cove rescue animals in the afternoon. We are open til 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.


Our Tasty Treats

We offer high-quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in our gourmet coffees, teas, entrees and treats. We believe the choices we make about what we and our pets eat, where it comes from and how it’s prepared allows us to preserve our mission of making quality, accessible food, while also giving back to our community and the environment.

Our Unique Boutique

We have artistically inspired and locally sourced crafts and mementos for the travelers that want one-of-a-kind memories, for the coffee lovers that want to have their very own “Rescue Dog Cafe” at home, for the animal lovers who want to spoil their four-legged family members or for gift givers who cherish quality, hand-crafted items. We have something for everyone!

Our Clients Say

Sally and I stopped in for coffee and a dog biscuit. Always love supporting dog rescue stuff! Thank you from Ohio!
Stacey M.
Rescue Dog Cafe is fabulous!! Pam has a true passion for coffee and animals. If you haven't checked this place out, you're missing out. Burnsville has a great new addition.
Allie C.
What a friendly, welcoming place! Brought our two Australian shepherds along with us and the woman working there (I think she was the owner?) gave us frozen dog treats that my two LOVED and they were perfect for the hot weather. Coffee was awesome and I loved the selection of nutmeg, cinnamon, cream, and numerous sweeteners. This is our first time visiting Burnsville and we have been so pleasantly surprised with everything this town has to offer. We will be back!
Lauren L.
Found this little shop while visiting the area. I had tea and muffin, while my husband had coffee and muffin, the homemade muffins were delicious. Several tea and coffee options, which are all good. The owner was so pleasant and friendly. They also have breakfast sandwiches, small lunch menu. Plus they give a percentage to local animal rescue. Definitely recommend you stop in if your in the area.
Kellee H.
Great atmosphere! Tasty food and nice selection of beer (both on tap and in bottles) and wine. I will be back!! ​
Mike M.
I randomly found Rescue Dog Cafe this morning while I was looking for a place to have breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed it! Excellent breakfast, great coffee, and I grabbed some treats to take back home to my pups. 10/10 absolutely recommended!!!
Amy M.

       240 E. Main Street, Burnsville NC 28714                                               (828) 536-5173                                                         rescuedogcafe@gmail.com