Salem Animal Rescue League staff members Kristi Whitford, D.J. Bettencourt and Tiffany Martin showed off the latest pet wares this week inside the shelter's new Pawsitively Unique Boutique, which opened March 22. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Pet perks generate revenue for Salem Animal Rescue League
D.J. Bettencourt, SARL's director of development and community relations, said opening an on-site store is one of several ways the organization is bracing itself for what may lay ahead.
Following the recent House defeat of two bills that would have approved expanded gaming in the Granite State, many fear the former racetrack's future is now uncertain.
Bettencourt said a recent series of successful fundraisers allowed SARL to stock up on inventory for the site's new boutique.
Among the items featured at the Pawsitively Unique Boutique are pet toys, shampoos, treats, accessories and home décor items geared towards fans of the furry and four-legged.All of the items sold in the store are made in the U.S., with special emphasis on goods made in New England.
Other store offerings, like canvas martingale collars, are in response to the frequent demands of pet adopters. The adjustable, cinch-fitted collars are regularly used to walk dogs at the shelter, Bettencourt said, and new pup parents frequently ask shelter staff if they can bring the collars home with their new pet.
The store also carries new-pet starter kits. A kit for new cat owners, for example, contains a litter pan, scoop, kitty litter and a couple small toys.
The Pawsitively Unique Boutique is open to the general public during the shelter's regular operating hours, which are Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
At the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford, the For Pets Sake store has been in operation since 1998, according to Danielle Snyder, director of behavioral health for ARLNH.
The store features items like dog leashes, collars, pet food, cat litter and toys.
As an added incentive, those adopting a pet at ARLNH are treated to a 15 percent discount off store items the day they bring their animal home.
For Pet's Sake, located inside the Route 101 animal shelter, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.