You have to have some imagination when you’re out shopping for furniture, picturing how the displays would look in your own home. You might even get warm fuzzies envisioning Fido curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter’s night.
But at an IKEA store in Catania, Italy, that’s not exactly a big stretch of the imagination. Stray dogs are a widespread problem in this city on the east coast of Sicily, and with temperatures dropping, staff are letting them take shelter in the store!
The company has always supported animal issues and welfare, an IKEA spokesperson explained.
Specifically, this problem has been affecting our store in Catania for quite some time now, as there are many stray dogs who are normally hanging around the car park outside the store. These dogs sometimes find repair in the entrance and exit areas of the store…
But employees and customers don’t just welcome, care for, and feed these weary travelers. Some people who just came in to buy a couch or home appliance have found themselves bringing home a new family member as well!
This IKEA’s dog-friendly atmosphere first gained traction and started to spread a couple weeks ago, after one customer, Vittoria Taccia Gabrielli, posted the video below on Facebook and praised the store for its open-door policy: “A good initiative to shelter the strays while it’s raining outside.”
Even if this isn’t a company-wide policy, this particular IKEA deserves a big shout out for implementing such a sweet and humane gesture. We definitely hope this story inspires other stores to do the same. Share to spread thanks and spread the word about this adorable initiative!
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