Op shop has an adop­tion ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

ADOP­TION: Gra­ham Dal­gety has adopted a new cat thanks to the help of Chris Sterrett, also pic­tured, and Mata­mata’s SPCA Op Shop.

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