SPCA’s Opshops thriving in Tararua
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.