Cause for Paws is a re-sale store that carries women’s and juniors clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, household items and decor and pet products. All items from their store are donated and workers are volunteers. At the end of the month, after all of their bills are paid, their proceeds support Local and Nebraska Animal Charities such as Hearts United, Capitol Humane Society, The Cat House, Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, Big Dog-Huge Paws, The Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and the Nebraska Wildlife Rescue to name a few. To date (2 1/2 years after opening) over $100,000 has been donated so far.
How long have you been in Lincoln?
We have been open since December of 2008
Who are the owners/important executives?
Owner~ Adair Sue Sturgis Manager~ Jane Powell
What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours? –
Unlike other re-sales stores, Cause for Paws offers personal shopping and great customer service…We offer a relaxed atmosphere where you can walk around with a cup of coffee or tea, and bring their pets in to shop
What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?
There are so many animal lovers who support our store by donating amazing items to our store, by buying the merchandise and by volunteering at our store…We have some of the best customers…we are blessed
What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?
We are involved with Many Nebraska Non-Profit Animal Organizations such as Heart United, Capitol Humane Society, The Cat House, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue, Big Dogs with Hug Paws, Nebraska Greyhound Rescue and Nebraska Wildlife Rescue
Do you have a business philosophy or mission statement?
To educate one person at a time and to save one animal at a time. We want to be able to educate people about spay and neutering and puppy mills so we can reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters every year.
What do you see happening with the business in the next five years?
We hope within the next five years we can inspire others to open stores like Cause for Paws in their towns and states where their proceeds support animal charities. We have inspired and helped two other stores, one in Georgia and one in Tennessee, to open with the same concept as our store and we really hope to help others to open and help animal charities in their own communities.
What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced?
Getting people to know who we are, what we do and where to find us. We hear daily ‘I didn’t know a store like yours existed’. We are constantly trying to find ways to reach more people to buy, donate and volunteer at our store…it is a work in progress.
What has been your most important achievement as a business?
How many groups/organizations we have been able to help since we have opened. We are very proud to have been able to give over $100,00.00 in donations to local and Nebraska animal charities so they can help rescue and care for more animals.
What was the biggest turning point in your business?
The 1st Fashion Show/Fundraiser we put together which was on Feb. 14th of 2010. It was then I realized how many people we have reached and how many people care and support what we are doing at Cause for Paws
What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know?
How much time and energy we put into making the store look and feel more like a boutique even though all our items are donated.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We feel very blessed at our shop with wonderful customers, volunteers and donations. It is truly humbling how many people love animals and support what we do. We have several upcoming events…Oct. 6th Purses with a Purpose Fundraiser for Animals we will be raffling off 50 brand name and designer purses at Misty’s in Havelock. On Nov. 4-6th we will be having our Holiday Open House and March 3rd we will be having a Fashion Show and Silent Auction to raise money for Animal Charities
What is the best way to contact you?
Call 402.420.5758 or visit the store at 5700 Old Cheney, Ste, 4 or online at http://www.CauseforPawsLincoln.org or our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cause-for-Paws-Lincoln/224711930890817