New Henderson SPCA op shop opens tomorrow

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 07:38 18/01/2013
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JAMES IRELAND
NEW LIFE: A year after being close to death, Bright Eyes is happy and healthy thanks to the SPCA.

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A new SPCA second-hand store opening in Henderson tomorrow will help dogs like Bright Eyes get the care they need.

Compared to her state of health just 12 months ago, Bright Eyes is the picture of health thanks to the help of the animal welfare charity and those who kindly donate to the service.

West Auckland SPCA inspector Kevin Plowright adopted Bright Eyes after she was dumped and nearly dead from starvation.

"She spent a week in our hospital, it took months for her to get back to health. Now she comes to work with me every day, she loves riding around in the van. I make sure she has a comfortable life," he says.

Proceeds made by selling second-hand furniture, clothes and anything else donated by supporters at the new Catherine St site, will go toward helping other dogs looking for a better life.

Marketing and fundraising manager Rona Booth says West Auckland will be a fantastic place for the op shop because it's a major shopping hub.

"We looked for a place out west for about six months. This shop will be great.

"It's really big and all the goods have been sorted through so only good quality stuff will be sold," she says.

Op shops have become a critical source of funds for the SPCA and the Henderson branch will be the fifth one in Auckland.

"If you have unwanted Christmas gifts or are having a clean out and have some things you want to get rid of this is a great way to do that," Ms Booth says.

There'll be lucky dips, face painting, a sausage sizzle and dogs who will be available for adoption at opening day tomorrow.

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