Op shop has an adoption service
Graham Dalgety has a new best mate thanks to the help of Matamata SPCA Op Shop staff.
Every Saturday, the local store has a selection of animals for adoption from the Waikato SPCA.
The SPCA claim the Matamata store is the only op shop in New Zealand that offers pet adoptions.
Op shop manager Chris Sterrett said all funds raised through the shop stay in the MatamataPiako region.
Once the op shop staff had learned his cat was put to sleep late last year because of ill health, they arranged to bring a few over over from Hamilton.
Dalgety said he had to choose between a tabby and a black cat. For a brief moment he was tempted to take both, but realised one would be enough.
He said his new cat, the tabby, now nicknamed Mischief, was a real live wire. He loves having a cat at home and said they keep him company.
Dalgety said he has always rehomed cats from the SPCA and enjoys being able to give animals a home that they may not have had before.
Sterrett said the op shop can liaise with the Waikato SPCA cen- tre to see what animals are available.
She said it was neat to see people matched with an animal.
‘‘When you live by yourself like he [Graham] does, it’s company having a pet.’’
The op shop has re-homed a number of animals through the store and is always in need of people willing to volunteer their time.
Sterrett said she was especially keen to hear from people who have experience in retail.
ADOPTION: Graham Dalgety has adopted a new cat thanks to the help of Chris Sterrett, also pictured, and Matamata’s SPCA Op Shop.