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Bark Avenue Foundation, Ventura County Animal Services, and Newmark Merrill Team Up to Open "Shelter Hope Pet Shop"
Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will be the home of Shelter Hope Pet Shop, a pet store that carries shelter animals available for in-store adoption.
THOUSAND OAKS, CA (November 30, 2011) â€“ A new pet store is in town and just in time for the holidays. Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will be the home of Shelter Hope Pet Shop, a pet store that carries shelter animals available for in-store adoption. New Mark Merrill, who manages the shopping center, donated the space to help Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo find homes for shelter animals in need of adoption. The store will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am â€“ 7:00 pm and the adoption prices will be the same as adopting directly from the shelter.
Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Rd. East, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Melanie Pozez (Founder, Bark Avenue Foundation), Kim Sill (Board Member, Bark Avenue Foundation , Heather Danko, Marketing Director for New Mark Merrill, Monica Nolan of Ventura County Animal Services.
"The Shelter Hope Pet Shop staffed and managed by Bark Avenue Foundation, will house approximately 25 small dogs and 10 rabbits for adoption from the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo," Melanie Pozez.
"We were happy to donate the space for such a great cause," stated Heather Danko, Marketing Director for New Mark Merrill. "The store was vacant and it gave us the opportunity to give back to our community and benefit animals at the same time."
We are so proud to be able to offer a few jobs during these rough times. We hired two almost full time employees to run the shop. We have a volunteer staff of twenty five and rotate them according to availability, states Melanie Pozez.
Kim Sill, Board Member of Bark Avenue Foundation, stated, "In this tough economy, with mall vacancies at their peak, it's reassuring to see New Mark Merrill turning the tables by giving back to their community. There are so many pet stores still in business selling puppy mill dogs. We haven't beaten these chain stores yet, so we are joining themâ€¦but with shelter animals who are priceless!"
These animals entered the shelter as to no fault of their own, stated Monica Nolan of Ventura County animal Services, it's great that the community and Janss Market Place have welcomed this new model for showing shelter animals in a new way.
Twenty four dogs and four bunnies have already been adopting in the first two weekends, had these same animals been at the shelter we might have had two or three go home.