The staff of DogChannel.com and DOG FANCY magazine got a sneak peek today at the new Los Angeles-area location of Adopt & Shop, a new concept in adoption in which rescued dogs and cats are made available at a store located in an upscale mall.
Building on the success of the first Adopt & Shop, which opened in 2011 at Lakewood Center Mall in Lakewood, Calif., the new store, in Mission Viejo, Calif., lets potential adopters shop for a pet in an upscale retail environment, while also reducing the number of animals in shelters.
"We are so excited to introduce Adopt & Shop to the Mission Viejo community,” says Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals executive director. "By showcasing amazing shelter pets in an upscale pet store setting, we hope to encourage shoppers to adopt, rather than purchase, their new furry family member.”
Having an adoption center at a mall gives the dogs and cats more of an audience, with lots of shoppers passing by. Providing a wide array of essential pet products lets adopters leave not only with a pet but also with all the gear and food they need for their new dog or cat.
Since opening, the Lakewood store has found homes for over 1,500 cats and dogs. Both Adopt & Shop locations are not-for-profit. Proceeds from each sale directly support animal initiatives in local communities such as adoption promotions, spay and neuter surgeries and low cost veterinary services.
The new 2,300 square foot retail shop will have its grand opening on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. All of the animals at the new location come from a partnership with the Orange County Animal Care public shelter.
For more information on Adopt & Shop Mission Viejo employment and volunteer opportunities, click here.
The Found Animals Foundation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues. Led by business and medical professionals, the Foundation works directly within the animal welfare community to reduce the use of euthanasia in shelters by supporting programs including: pet adoption, spay and neuter services, pet identification, and sterilization research. For more info, please see FoundAnimals.org.