$150k given for the animals

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by Rachael Comer

The region’s furry residents have reason to give thanks to a Temuka charity shop.
The town’s Paws’n’Claws SPCA Op Shop recently celebrated raising $150,000 for the South Canterbury SPCA branch in Seadown – five years after opening.
Paws’n’Claws manager Debbie Doudle said the achievement was one to be proud of.
“We’re only open 20 hours a week,” she said.
“We’re pretty sure there’s a lot of animal lovers around.”
Mrs Doudle said she had never imagined just how popular the store would be when she opened it.
“We work bloody hard, though.
“At the start we were just worried about being able to pay the rent.”
The fact most of the shop’s items cost under $5 was another reason to be surprised.
In the past five years the shop’s popularity has grown, with many customers now travelling from throughout the South Island to see what is in stock.
“It’s amazing really.
“People like looking for things that are a bit different.”
Goods were donated to the store through collection bins at the back of the shop.
“People drop stuff off and we only take things that are clean and in a sellable condition.”
They did not accept televisions or computers.
“Only a very small percentage of people who donate things are not respectful of what they bring to us,” Mrs Doudle said.
South Canterbury SPCA administration officer Angela Fairbrother said the group was “very appreciative” of the shop’s work.
“Debbie and her helpers do a fantastic job.
“It’s very kind of them to donate all the money to the SPCA. It really helps us and it’s money that stays in the region. It’s great.”