Ikea is helping to re-home stray dogs

An Ikea store in Itay has opened its doors to stray dogs.

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Martine Taccia was browsing through her local store in Catania when she noticed an unusual addition to the furniture displays. Speaking to the Dodo, Martine said “My reaction was pure amazement. It’s not a common thing.”

The dogs who came in from the cold

Staff had welcomed in the dogs to protect them from the cold weather. Martine was touched by the sweet idea and soon found out that the dogs were getting more than just a warm place to sleep. She said, “The dogs receive daily food and pampering from IKEA’s employees and customer. Some dogs have even found a family, going home with customers.”

 

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Visitors to the store are urging Ikea to take in more dogs. Beppe Liotta, another local customer, told the Dodo: “If all the stores that had the space would make a place of refuge for strays, I would be really happy.”¬†

The home for hope campaign

It’s certainly a possibility. Ikea has a history of helping out pooches in need. Back in 2014, the Swedish furniture giants partnered with the Animal League Lovers and Save our Street Dogs to set up the Home for Hope campaign. The team made life-sized cardboard cutouts of stray dogs and placed them around Ikea store. It was trialled in Singapore, but the idea soon spread. A store in Arizona, USA, created 6 cutouts of local strays and all of them were adopted.

 

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Stray dogs are a huge problem in many countries. Singapore has one of the largest populations of stray dogs. It’s estimated that up to 7,000 are currently living on the streets. Local authorities often lack the resources¬†to care for stray¬†dogs and charitable programs¬†by local businesses can offer some much-needed support.

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Ashley is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. When he's not writing, he enjoys reading, martial arts and meditation. Unfortunately he doesn't have the space or the time to own a dog, so he volunteers as as dog buddy, which basically means he'a a dog babysitter. He walks them, feeds them, and generally just chill out with them. It's awesome.