When the business of running an animal rescue organization became too overwhelming, Pam Abare turned to the only other career choice she had considered, running a coffee shop. She couldn’t leave her first love, so she named her Burnsville restaurant the Rescue Dog Café, deciding to donate 5% of coffee sales to animal welfare. She also encourages customers to donate what they would otherwise leave as a tip. To date, she has donated to the humane societies of Yancey, Madison, and Mitchell counties, Fifi’s Friends and Rescue, May Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center. The atmosphere at the restaurant is described as laid-back where people talk to each other and strangers join tables. The menu consists of coffee sourced from Dynamite Roasting Company in Black Mountain, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and homemade dog treats. As if that weren’t enough, shortly after opening, Abare welcomed Doug Mellinger’s Burnsville Donut Company to open a doughnut cart in her lot. Mellinger offers three types of cake doughnuts with thirty toppings for personalizing them. Abare also recently obtained an alcohol permit, with which she plans to extend hours.