Animal op shop a first
Matamata will be the testing ground for a new approach to animal adoption when the SPCA Waikato sets up its new op shop this month.
On Saturdays, a selection of animals that are available for adoption will be brought out to Matamata from the SPCA centre in Hamilton to spend the day at the op shop.
The pets will be on display in the op shop throughout the day, with an animal attendant on hand to talk to those interested in adoption.
SPCA Waikato executive officer Sara Elliot-Warren said out of the 49 SPCA op shops in the country, it would be the first to try the idea.
‘‘ What we will be doing, once the shop is set up, is every Saturday we will have a specific animal attendant on site and they will have a space in that shop that will be an adoption space, so they’ll bring animals over from the animal centre in Hamilton that will be adopted into the Matamata community on Saturdays,’’ ElliotWarren said.
‘‘The reason we are doing it one day a week is so that we can literally send a person over with animals for adoption, they can stay there for the day and work through that pro- cess with people in the community and they can bring any animals back to the centre that haven’t been adopted that day.’’
The SPCA takes over the old Matamata Chronicle office at 46 Broadway this Saturday, with the shop opening for business on Monday, July 28.
‘‘We will be basically selling second- hand goods. So mostly clothing and bric-a-brac and possibly some items of furniture.
‘‘ The funding goes directly into the Waikato SPCA to service animals in the community.’’
Currently the SPCA Waikato has one shop in Dinsdale that has been open about two and a half years.
Elliot-Warren said in some places the shops provided an enormous income to the SPCA.
‘‘ We have found nationally that op shops are a winner because apart from giving extra funds, they also give another face to the SPCA in the community.’’
Elliot- Warren said the SPCA chose Matamata because they do a lot of inspectorate work in the area.
‘‘ We don’t have an adoption site in Matamata, we don’t have an animal centre, so this is a way of adopting animals into to the Matamata community more readily.’’
She said if it was successful the SPCA might look at implementing it in other areas around the country.
For those interested in donating to the store, there will be someone on site at 46 Broadway from this Sunday to accept donations.
‘‘ We’re looking for clean, quality saleable items and household goods and that sort of thing. We can’t take electrical goods at this stage.’’
UP FOR ADOPTION: SPCA Waikato executive officer Sara Elliot-Warren with Tad the cat.