September 30, 2011

Animal welfare group to open Redding Pet Thrift Store~

A Redding animal welfare group is opening a storefront to help support its rescue efforts and introduce dogs for adoption.  "We're a boutique-thrift store," said Janie Hopper, president of the nonprofit ResQ Animal Coalition. Pawz for a Cause will celebrate its grand opening Saturday.  In what Hopper describes as "just a hodgepodge," the store will offer gently used children's clothing, silk flower arrangements and the requisite canine paraphernalia — including handcrafted dog collars, bone-shaped place mats and doggy sweaters.
"We want to make it fun and light, and support responsible dog ownership, and give some of these little homeless critters a permanent home," she said. ResQ specializes in small dogs that are sheltered in a network of foster homes pending adoption.  Saturday's event will feature snacks and fiddle music. Visitors also can sample a slice of a dog-shaped cake.  All proceeds from Pawz will go to support ResQ, which Hopper says already has spent more than $15,000 this year on medical care for its critters. It's also looking toward the future.  "If we can get enough people on board we plan on having a shelter in five years," she said. "That's our goal."  Having a central location has another benefit, said Barbara Dykstra, who serves on ResQ's board.  "It will help us get more dogs for people to see in a safe, quiet place," she said.  Pawz, which will be open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, will be staffed entirely by volunteers.  "We really appreciate all the support we're getting from the community and people who love dogs," Dykstra said. "And the dogs do, too."  If you go  Who: ResQ Animal Coalition  What: Pawz for a Cause opening celebration  When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday  Where: 2940 Churn Creek Road, Enterprise Center in Redding  Contact: For more information, call 276-9364 or visit