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Shoppers charmed by puppies in the window

Aug 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

puppies-yuri-mainA GROUP of puppies available for adoption from Wellington SPCA drew crowds to the window of Kirkcaldie & Stains.

Wearing hand-knitted jerseys, rambunctious boxer crosses Kelly, Jill and Sabrina (named after the three original Charlie’s Angels) were the stars of the show.

Wellington SPCA spokesperson Lisa Snow says they were brought into care at two weeks of age, after their mother turned on her litter.

“There’s a myth that having a litter improves a female dog’s personality, but sometimes it doesn’t work out like that.”

After being bottle-fed for a couple of weeks, the sisters were transferred to foster carer Vanessa Ames.

pups-2With space at Wellington SPCA’s Newtown dog-run at a premium, temporary carers like Ms Ames provide a vital service, Ms Snow says.

She says they are always looking for people to take puppies into their homes who have the time and energy to look after energetic litters of puppies.

The number of puppies in care at the Newtown premises has jumped from 25 to almost 75, prompting the latest adoption campaign, featuring pups in shop windows.

Wellington SPCA is also hoping to run a similar promotion featuring kittens and possibly baby rabbits.

pups-mainSeveral CBD retailers have offered to take part in the “doggy (or kitty) in the window” promotion.

As well as a return visit to Kirkcaldie & Stains this summer, plans are under way for The Body Shop on Lambton Quay to host a selection of available pets on the first Friday of every month.

Iko Iko on Cuba St and Woodstock Florist and Starfish Clothing on Willis St are expected to follow suit in the near future.

PICTURES: (Top) Wellington SPCA employee Rebecca Johnston and Labrador cross Yuri, with (left) marketing manager Lisa Snow.

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is a graduate from Whitireia's National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia) who now works at Metro magazine in Auckland. While on the diploma programme she won the North & South Feature Writing Award.
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