On May 12, 2015, Adopt & Shop Culver City celebrated a major milestone in its pursuit of improving animal welfare in the LA area: its one year anniversary. Purchased by philanthropist and retired orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gary Michelson, the space at 4235 Sepulveda Boulevard started out as a grubby auto smog shop but was transformed into a chic, retail pet adoption space that opened as Adopt & Shop one year ago.
Adopt & Shop’s philosophy is simple: all pets deserve a home. To help achieve this ideal, the pets offered for adoption in the store all come from local shelters where they may otherwise be euthanized. These pets are not “naughty” or “flawed,” they are simply without a home. Adopt & Shop endeavors to change that by taking these pets out of shelters and showing them off in a bright, boutique retail space. All of the pets up for adoption are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, bathed, groomed and ready to put their best paw forward towards finding a forever home.
While Adopt & Shop’s humane business model stresses adoptions, its offerings don’t end there. After you adopt your new cat or dog, you can buy them a bed, collar, leash, ID, toys, treats, food…anything and everything you need to welcome your new pet comfortably into your home.
You can also bring them back to the store for daycare, grooming, and training. The best part? Everything you buy goes right back into helping the next homeless animal get out of the shelter and into a loving home. Where else can you spend money on things you need, and improve animal welfare at the same time?
Here are a few impressive numbers reached by Adopt & Shop Culver City in the last year:
- Over 900 adoptions of cats and dogs to forever homes
- Over 1200 pets served through daycare, training, and grooming services
- Over 200 active volunteers helping to care for pets every day by walking, feeding, cleaning and socializing them
- Over 30,000 hours donated by these volunteers
With so much to celebrate, Adopt & Shop threw itself an anniversary party on Saturday and invited the whole community. Found Animals Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath, introduced Vice Mayor of Culver City, Andrew Weissman, who kicked things off by highlighting the importance of Adopt & Shop’s mission in the community and thanking its volunteers.
Deejays from local radio station, KOST 103.5., kept the backdrop lively by playing pop classics and Top 40 favorites. Border Grill and Rita’s Italian Ice satisfied human party-goers’ cravings for delicious portable fare, while Essential Chocolate Desserts treated humans to free samples and Dog for Dog handed out treats to four-legged attendees. Meanwhile, both human and pet guests checked out great products and adoptable pets offered at a discount in honor of the day.
Even amid the revelry, Adopt & Shop still found a way to further its mission. By the end of the weekend, Adopt & Shop broke all its previous weekend records by helping 15 more pets find forever homes.
Adopt & Shop would like to thank all of its adopters, customers, community partners and supporters for contributing to one successful, life-saving year. Here’s to many more.