Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Shopping for a kitten.We generally discourage the attitude that dogs and cats can be purchased at a store. In fact, most progressive pet stores have stopped selling companion animals. But nothing is better for publicity than a good retail location.
Thanks to our good friends at Shorenstein Properties in downtown Oakland, we have had a storefront location at City Center since the late 1990s.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. folks working in downtown Oakland spend their lunch break (and then some!) visiting with the cats, kittens and occasional dog available for adoption. Sure, most people in the middle of the day can't suddenly adopt a pet -- and we want to make sure the rest of their household meets the pet anyhow -- but as you can see from the photos below, that hasn't stopped hundreds of people from finding their new best friend....while on their lunch break!
This fine storefront is put together and managed by one of our employees, Ken. He really deserves most of the credit for the success of City Center. Ken is shown in the picture below spending time with Ricky, our Border Collie/Corgie, who is available from the Oakland facility.
Now, there a bunch of other people who spend a lot of time on City Center: The City Center regulars, a group of volunteers who assist Ken every day, making sure the cats and (usually one) dog get settled in the for the day, and fed and cleaned.
If you get a chance to be in Oakland, downtown City Center on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday, check it out!