ANIMAL welfare charity USPCA has opened a new store in the heart of Lisburn.
Based at 144 Longstone Street, it was opened by Lisburn and Castlereagh City’s mayor, Andrew Gowan who joined the charity’s team of volunteers to cut the ribbon on the brand new store.
It is the third retail shop to be opened by the USPCA, adding to those in Banbridge and Lurgan.
The USPCA relies heavily on volunteers, donors and its charity shops, and it says the opening of a third store means it will be able to continue its work in advancing animal welfare across Northern Ireland.
Chief executive Nora Smith said: “We are passionate about our mission which is to protect all animals. The work we do ranges from pet grooming to veterinary clinics, wildlife rescue and animal welfare investigations.
“In recent times we’ve seen an even greater demand for our services, with more animal owners turning to us for support. This new store will help us continue that work.
“At a time when more and more people are mindful about the things they buy, we are proud to add this shop full of pre-loved items and affordable treasures to Lisburn’s retail offering.”
She added: “I would like to thank our amazing team of volunteers, whose kindness and time is priceless, and appeal to anyone with some hours to spare each week, to consider joining our fantastic team.”
Mayor Gowan added: “I encourage local shoppers to rally round and help support the vital work they do with a visit to the new store.
“By purchasing a pre-loved item, you’ll be helping the charity continue to care and protect vulnerable animals, while also being socially responsible by recycling and protecting our environment.”