When Adopt & Shop debuted in Culver City in May 2014, it brought with it a few barks, some sweet meows, and an uncommon approach to pairing people with animals in need of a home.
That fresh philosophy encompassed a "retail meets philanthropy" focus.
The center helps place local pets but it also does some not-seen-so-often fundraising in the form of its store: Culver City Adopt & Shop is in fact billed as "the only nonprofit pet retailer in California, where ALL proceeds goes back to helping shelter animals."
So if you adopt a pup there, and proceed stock up on his needs — bowl, leash, bed and such — you'll know that your money travels forward to felines and other barkers down the road.
Will there be paw-scrappy sweethearts on the grounds of the center, to meet and cuddle and potentially take home? There will be. Will there be giveaways and special doings? Woof.
Will there be food trucks? It hardly seems like a Southern California springtime pet-nice to-do without a few nearby. But here's something extra: "treats for pets" will be given out, too. Nope, dogs and cats don't yet have the full array of mobile meal-makers that we humans do, but we'll just be they like their treats as much as we like our fast-served burgers and tacos.
Party's on from noon to 4 p.m.
If you need some more feline sweetness, and more time at the Adopt & Shop, return on Saturday, May 30 for a Kitten Shower. The center says that the "goal is to give as many kittens as possible a second chance by placing them in foster care until they are old enough for adoption."
Even if you cannot foster a wee feline at this time, you can swing by to drop off donated goods. Because that's swell.
Another swell thought? In its first year, Culver City Adopt & Shop has placed almost 900 animals in homes. The number of funds raised by the retail end of the shop can by tallied, of course, but how to add up that kind of love?
We're sure it is a huge number, with a lot of zeros on the end.