Bar­gains and char­ity all in one

Kapi-Mana News - - ANIMALS - By AMILA PA­TEL

Shop­pers at Op­por­tu­nity For An­i­mals can be as­sured their money goes di­rectly to­wards help­ing our furry friends, says An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety chair­per­son Kate Waghorn.

The group re­cently opened one of its an­i­mal-minded op shops in Lyd­ney Place South, Porirua CBD, sell­ing sec­ond­hand cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and house­hold goods. The shop is one of three in the Welling­ton re­gion pro­vid­ing fund­ing for abused, in­jured and ne­glected an­i­mals cared for at The Black Sheep An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary in Otaki. It has pro­vided shel­ter, care and free­dom for more than 80 an­i­mals to date.

‘‘Peo­ple care deeply about an­i­mals and their wel­fare,’’ says Ms Waghorn. ‘‘ Op­por­tu­nity for An­i­mals di­rectly helps an­i­mals in need – and you get great bar­gains too.’’

Both the sanc­tu­ary and the shops are run by vol­un­teers and the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety is al­ways in need of more hands, whether it be for fenc­ing, gar­den­ing, tend­ing the an­i­mals or fundrais­ing. Peo­ple in­ter­ested can con­tact Ms Waghorn on 06 364 2241 or email black­sheepotaki@gmail.

‘‘It is a great com­mu­nity to be part of and a great place to vol­un­teer. I love be­ing able to help the an­i­mals,’’ says Mary Croft, op shop vol­un­teer.

Fur­ther de­tails on do­nat­ing goods, cloth­ing, tax-de­ductible fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions or even spon­sor­ing a goat, pig, or any pet that needs care, can be found on their web­site: the­black­

The sanc­tu­ary is not open to the public at this stage, but school vis­its are planned for the fu­ture. For now the fo­cus is res­cue and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of an­i­mals.

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