Bargains and charity all in one
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: theblacksheep.org.nz.
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.