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Shelter Hope Pet Shop Responds to the Recent Wildfires
A Community Comes Together to Help Displaced Animals in Thousand Oaks
By: Weil Public Relations
Shelter Hope Pet Shop, located in Janss Marketplace shopping center, in Thousand Oaks, had 200 animals in a matter of hours. "We did not have enough kennels or supplies," states Kim Sill, founder of Shelter Hope Pet Shop. "I called mall security and they opened up a vacant store for me right away. Later that afternoon many of us realized we would be sleeping at the mall, so we posted a plea on Facebook for supplies and volunteers, and within minutes people showed up with pet food, kennels and bedding. It was a miracle that we managed to make an evacuation center out of nothing."
Janss Marketplace donated two vacant stores during the evacuations to accommodate the growing number of animals and volunteers who needed a safe place to stay. "We are very thankful to people like Kim, at Shelter Hope Pet Shop, and many of our other tenants who stepped up and provided support to our most vulnerable during this difficult time," states Sanford Sigal, president and CEO of NewMark Merrill Companies, Inc. "From now through the New Year, we will continue to try and provide happy memories to all our visitors, mixed in with funds and other ways to address the needs of our shoppers."
Sill and volunteers are back on their two feet, but their four-legged Woolsey victims are still waiting for a new place to call home, including Angel who was found burned during the fires.
"I'm proud to be a part of a community that stayed strong through tragedy and pulled together to help animals and people in need," states Sill. "We are a community that won't be defined by tragedy."
Shelter Hope Pet Shop would like to offer their donated supplies to those in the surrounding areas who are still in need assistance. "The community has come together like never before," continues Sill. "And we want to give back to others who are still in need."
The public can visit Shelter Hope Pet Shop at Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Rd. East, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, to adopt a companion, or call 805-379-3538 for more details on the Shop's supplies being donated.
Shelter Hope Pet Shop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, showcasing rescue and shelter animals up for adoption at their pet store in Thousand Oaks. The space, donated by NewMark Merrill which manages Janns Marketplace shopping center, is run entirely by volunteers. Adoption includes spay/neuter, microchip, shots, and a certificate for a free vet exam at participating vet clinics. In addition, the organization offers a complementary grooming and training session, as well as a certificate at a premier doggy daycare facility. Shelter Hope Pet Shop strives to make a difference in the community, and through their business model, they are working with pet stores around the nation to adopt shelter animals instead of selling dogs from puppy mills. www.shelterhopepetshop.org
View evacuation video here: https://www.youtube.com/