Animal Welfare League QLD has opened their second Pop up Pet shop ‘P.U.P.S’ at Ashmore City today after the success of their inaugural shop at The Pines in Elanora.
P.U.P.S will be open 7 days a week from 10am-4pm and will have homeless cats, dogs and guinea pigs available for adoption.
AWLQ Spokesperson Brooke Whitney says she has high hopes for the Ashmore City store after the Elanora rehoming figures took staff by surprise.
“Our goal was to rehome 80 animals in two months as that was the initial lease agreement. We rehomed 118 animals in six weeks so we asked centre management if we could stay longer,” Ms Whitney says.
As a non profit organisation AWLQ looks for short term retail space where they can set up shop for free or at a discounted rate.
“We bring in everything to make the animals comfortable and safe and sell pet supplies and shelter animals until the space is leased,” Ms Whitney says.
AWLQ believes launching P.U.P.S amidst controversy surrounding the pet shop industry has been further proof that people want to support pet adoption.
“Having shelter pets in shopping centres highlights the personalities and breeds of animals AWLQ take in, people are often surprised puppies and kittens are even available from a shelter,” Ms Whitney says.
The P.U.P.S initiative is part of AWLQ’s continued commitment to being the experts in rehoming companion cats and dogs in South East QLD and will help the shelter reach 10,000 animal adoptions in 2015.
“In 2014 we found homes for a record 7,164 animals; we are on track to surpass this figure in 2015 which is very exciting,” Ms Whitney says.