SPCA’s Op­shops thriv­ing in Tararua

Bush Telegraph - - Trades And Services Directory - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

This time last year, SPCA lo­cal ser­vices were strug­gling to meet the needs of their com­mu­ni­ties with fund­ing scarce, and so the Dan­nevirke SPCA Op­shop was cre­ated.

Re­sponse from the com­mu­nity, both in do­na­tions of goods and trade was ex­cel­lent and the lo­cal SPCA was able to ex­pand its ac­tiv­i­ties and even pur­chased a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle for its in­spec­tor.

A year on and the SPCA ex­panded to Woodville, open­ing its shop on April 5. It too has boomed, helped by rea­son­able con­di­tions from the land­lord, a mul­ti­tude of do­na­tions and a high flow of vis­i­tors through to browse and buy.

Ash and Heather Smart, SPCA Op­shop Man­agers for Woodville and Dan­nevirke say hav­ing lots of do­na­tions in both towns is a nice sit­u­a­tion to be in and the turnover in ex­cess of $25,000 is be­ing well spent, es­pe­cially in Woodville with its stray cat is­sue.

The sit­u­a­tion with the ru­ral SPCA dis­tricts also changed in Novem­ber when they all joined the na­tional body. This has meant more re­sources for the dis­tricts but the op­shops are still im­por­tant to the district op­er­a­tions. They say the high qual­ity goods, fre­quently cost­ing less than $5, ben­e­fit both the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the SPCA.

THE new Woodville SPCA Op­shop.

VOL­UN­TEER Verna Maritz dis­plays some of the clothes for sale at the Woodville SPCA Op­shop.

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