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Petland/Animal Services deal finds homes for pets

A partnership involving Petland Canada Inc. and Alberta Animal Services appears to be growing — to the benefit of homeless dogs and cats.

The Calgary-based retailer of pets and related supplies began phasing out the sale of puppies and kittens in 2011. Its 21 corporate-owned stores have instead been displaying rescue pets and other unwanted animals, including those from Alberta Animal Services in Red Deer.

To date, 130 dogs and 203 cats have been adopted through the local Petland.

The store is currently undergoing renovations, which Amy Pawson, Petland’s director of operations, said will create an in-house adoption centre. She said the new facility is being developed in conjunction with Alberta Animal Services, and will enable them to expand their pet placement program.

Pawson said the centre is expected to open this spring, but declined to provide further details. She explained that Petland and Alberta Animal Services want to wait until the formal launch.

“We’re excited about it, but we don’t want to give too much away.”

Currently, the Red Deer Petland has about a half-dozen pens for dogs and twice that number for cats. Pawson said the success of the store’s partnership with Alberta Animal Services reflects a willingness on the part of both parties to work together, and be flexible and creative.

“Red Deer has probably been the most progressive relationship that we’ve had.”

Erica Coomber, shelter administrator with Alberta Animal Services, said Petland’s work with her organization has been invaluable in helping it find homes for animals.

Before they stopped selling puppies and kittens, Petland stores did set aside space for animal shelters to display homeless cats and dogs.



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