An­i­mal op shop a first

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID NI­COLL

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.’’

Photo: DAVID NI­COLL

UP FOR ADOP­TION: SPCA Waikato ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sara El­liot-War­ren with Tad the cat.

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