A Canadian pet store was going out of business, and its insurance policy wouldn’t allow its dog and cat food inventory to be donated. So rather than have all that food sent to a landfill, a man stepped in and bought all of it.
Sean Squires walked into the Petculture pet store in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and bought 570 bags and cans of dog and cat food, paying about $3,000 for the purchase (about $10,000 off the regular price), store worker Erika Penney told The Telegram. He plans to donate it to area animal shelters.
“Previously, we were hoping we could donate the rest of the food that would be remaining to the shelter, but due to liability issues, the company can’t really allow that, which is understandable, but we were worried we were going to have to throw it out at the end,” Penney told The Telegram. “But he showed up shortly after the store opened, probably literally three minutes, and said he was going to take it all.”
When Squires, who lives in Avondale, received a call from the newspaper to comment why he bought all the food, he said that he was surprised.
“Because I could, and the animals needed it, basically. I thought it was the normal thing to do,” Squires told the paper.
Squires’ action may have been spurred by the time he spent living in Qatar. He told The Telegram that many stray animals live in the Middle Eastern country, and people there help out the animals. He said the folks in Qatar don’t give it any thought, they simply help.
“To be honest, I couldn’t not do it. I honestly couldn’t,” Squires told The Telegram. “Because it’s something like $10,000 off the food, and the shelters, they must be dying for that.”
Squires does have cats at home, even though he says he isn’t a cat person. He brought three cats he rescued off the streets of Qatar’s capital, Doha, back to Canada and picked up another stray who happened to have five kittens. He has plenty of food for his cats as well.