I love to share opportunities to help animals, and this one is not only fun, it has an immediate reward! I had the opportunity to talk with Nancy Lee, founder and owner of WearWoof.
Many rescues and shelters have thrift shops as part of their fundraising, but Nancy took the model to a new level with using upscale fashions and inviting partners from both the shelter and rescue community and from Pittsburgh’s business community to offer time and talent to help the store, its sales and events, and its philanthropic measures succeed.
I still take my notes by hand when I interview, and typically that’s not a problem with my own shorthand and abbreviations from years of practice. But when my interviewee is as enthusiastic as Nancy and has her whole business plan past and future right there in her head I was almost breathless just trying to write!
Here is an excerpt:
A thrift shop to raise funds to support animal welfare is very familiar, but Nancy Lee of WearWoof takes the concept to a new level to not only raise funds but to also build community among individuals, shelters and rescues and Pittsburgh’s corporate community, and it’s all based on the natural friendliness of the Pittsburgh area.
“I’ve traveled a lot, and the ‘Black and Gold’ model really did inspire me, that you can go to any city in the US and there will be people from Pittsburgh there and they are instantly your friends,” said Nancy Lee, founder and owner of WearWoof. “Pittsburgh is such a friendly city, getting people to work together to make Pittsburgh more pet-friendly and work toward being a no-kill city – we could be the City of Champions for pets!”
Read the rest of the story at ‘Making Pittsburgh “The City of Champions for Pets” ‘ on the Pittsburgh PetConnections website.
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