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By Jessica Forbes

Alyssa Schepper, owner of Alyssa’s Antique Depot in Pace, is going beyond the store’s regular food and donation drives for animal shelters this weekend, hosting what she and the store’s team hope will become an annual adoption event.

On Saturday, the store’s “outfield” will transform into a small Mecca for all things animal-friendly for “Alyssa’s Adopt-A-Pet Day.” Approximately 25 different pet rescue groups, veterinarians, trainers, T-N-R (trap, neuter, release) and other animal advocacy groups will be in attendance to help inform new and current pet owners of the range of services available locally, and even maybe pair up a few families with their newest, furry member.

Regular shoppers of Alyssa’s may know that the store’s shop dog, Dawsen, is a rescue dog himself. “It was just me and Dawsen when I opened the store 10 years ago and would wait for a customer to come in,” Schepper remembered. “Dawsen has been a shining example of the happiness that a rescue animal can bring into the world.”

Schepper has found a kindred pro-rescue spirit in Alyssa’s Assistant Manager, Liz Ohlhorst, a former Managing Director of the Pensacola Humane Society. According to Schepper, the two have been eager to hold an adoption event and found a day that happened to fit many schedules. Groups such as The Rescued Rescuers, Animal Helpers of Northwest Florida, SouthBARK, Emerald Coast Animal Allies, The Panhandle Equine Rescue and the Pensacola Humane Society are just a few of those that will be represented.

Dogs are welcome at the event, including those whose owners may be considering an adoption another pet. “All rescues, if there is another dog in the house, want those pets to meet to make sure it is a good match,” Schepper said, adding that the only request is that dogs be on a secure leash and well behaved.

And fear not if you’re not in the market to adopt Saturday, there are plenty of other opportunities to help. “We encourage people to come and donate items or money to the groups. They can volunteer to do so many things with these rescues from vet transports, to fostering, walking dogs and socializing with all the animals,” Schepper said. “As much as you will love those beautiful furry friends, it will never be matched by the love that you will receive from them.”

ALYSSA’S ADOPT A PET DAY
WHEN: 10 a.m.—3 p.m. Saturday, March 29
WHERE: Alyssa’s Antique Depot, 4586 Chumuckla Highway.
COST: Free to attend; adoption fees will apply should you find a new pet though
DETAILS: 994-9114 or facebook.com/shopalyssas