At the beginning of June, a new business opened its doors in Prince Rupert with an aim of helping to reduce the large population of stray and feral cats in the area.
Paws and Claws Thrift Store opened on June 1, and strives to not only have reasonable prices for people living in need in the community, but to also help contribute funds towards the Cannery Road Animal Rescue society.
“With the support of the public from the wonderful people in Port Edward and Prince Rupert, our store is committed to giving 40 per cent of our profits to the Cannery Road Animal Rescue. I think the society has a tremendous idea, something that is going to get a grasp on the situation with these cats that are living in misery,” said Gary Guenther, who along with partner Marianne Manson founded the new
The Cannery Road Animal Rescue society is made up of a five-person board of directors out of Port Edward. The society’s goal is to perform a massive live trap on stray and feral cats in the region to help decrease the large amount of unhealthy and uncared for cats.
The society is hoping to get in contact with a veterinarian school to help with the operations and care of the cats.
The Paws and Claws Thrift Store is currently located at 230 Third Avenue, and is open on Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. through to 5 p.m. At this time, the store is accepting donations of items such as clothing, household items, children’s toys, and various other smaller items that the store can sell.
“Our goal is to have a lot of items come in and go out in order to help the community,” mentioned Guenther, who has previously worked with the Critter Care Wildlife Society out of Langley for six years.
Since the opening, the Paws and Claws Thrift Store has been well received by the community for.
“There is really nice stuff here, I will definitely come back,” said customer Chie Orston.