CINNAMINSON, NJ — The Doggie Style Pets store in Cinnaminson began offering dog adoptions on Sunday, the company’s president and CEO told Patch last week.
“We are moving ahead with adoptions at the store next week,” Howard Nelson, president and CEO, said in an email Thursday. “We have our kennel license and are ready to go with our staffing and adoption rooms.”
In the past eight weeks, Doggie Style Pets asked for and received approvals from the township’s zoning board and board of health before moving forward with offering dogs for adoption, he said.
Doggie Style Pets was already operating as a pet supply shop before the zoning board and board of health approvals.
Residents who live adjacent to or near the Doggie Style store in Philadelphia — which also offers dogs for adoption —never complained about the business, Nelson said.
“We’ve never had an issue with any of the neighbors, including those who lived in apartments above our store in the city,” he said at an April 13 Cinnaminson zoning board meeting.
Potential adopters must meet several criteria before they can adopt a dog from Doggie Style Pets, Nelson said at the meeting.
The criteria include the potential adopter having “strong veterinary records” for its previous and current pets, receiving positive feedback from references, living in a residence that is appropriate for the size of the dog and having a public record that is free of any red flags concerning animals, according to Nelson.
While awaiting adoption, the dogs stay within a room at the store that accommodates their needs, he said. A dog that is not adopted at the Cinnaminson store within 30 days of its arrival will be taken to the Doggie Style Pets store in Philadelphia or to a local kennel for additional adoption opportunities, he said.
Besides operating a pet supply shop and dog adoption center, Doggie Style Pets also sponsors local dog parks and supports animal rescue events, the company said on its website. The company has also donated medical equipment and made financial contributions to various animal organizations, the website said.
Doggie Style Pets is at The Shoppes at Cinnaminson, 141 U.S. Highway 130 S. The store’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the criteria that potential adoptees must meet.
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