In Catania, Italy, the staff at one IKEA store did not just sell furniture — they made a home for stray dogs who were left stranded in the cold.
One customer by the name of Martine Taccia was headed to shop at her nearby Ikea when she discovered a heartwarming view in the store’s display windows one chilly day.
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In the window were a group of dogs cozied up in the living room display.
“My reaction was pure amazement,” Taccia shared with The Dodo. “It’s not a common thing.”
She then found that the dogs were not pets but local strays and the pup’s lounging area was a special treat. Taccia also discovered that the store welcomed homeless pups to stay with them during the cold winter days.
But that wasn’t all they were given…
“The dogs receive daily food and pampering from IKEA’s employees and customers,” Taccia shared. “Some dogs have even found a family, going home with customers.”
Being moved by the sweetness of the employees, Taccia shared a video taken by her daughter, Vittoria Taccia Gabrielli, of the cozy dogs.
The video has over 12,000 shares and counting as of Wednesday and over 4,000 likes.
The caption which was originally in Italian has been translated to say:
“A good initiative to shelter the strays while it’s raining outside ….. all this happens in the shopping center of IKEA (Catania) …… amid the amazement of many passersby, my daughter [was] moved [and] sent me this video!”
And while the IKEA location in Catania does not necessarily advertise the housewarming policy of homeless dogs, Taccia and many others have been moved by the gesture.
Beppe Liotta, another customer, was also taken aback by IKEA’s kindness.
“I felt a feeling of deep tenderness and great happiness in seeing dogs crouched in the exhibition space at the entrance of the IKEA,” Liotta shared with The Dodo.
And Catania is not the only one who feels this way….
Plenty of folks took to Instagram to share their thoughts on IKEA opening its doors to the pups. People tagged IKEA suggesting the states follow suit, as well as praising the retailer’s good deeds from the heavens.
And you may be surprised to find that actually — this is not the first time IKEA has not stood up for animals.
In the past, IKEA had previously worked with Home For Hope where employees placed cardboard cutouts of shelter dogs in its stores to help with pet adoption.
Liotta who is a big animal lover herself says that she hopes other establishments will also open their doors to animals who have no forever home quite yet.
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“If all the stores that had the space would make a place of refuge for strays, I would be really happy,” he said.
Amen to that Liotta, amen to that.
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