Man Buys All The Food In Closing Pet Store To Donate To Animal Shelters

The store’s insurance policy wouldn’t allow the food to be donated.

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Scott Squires spent about $3,000 for 570 bags and cans of dog and cat food, about $10,000 off the regular price. Via  Jupiterimages/Thinkstock
Scott Squires spent about $3,000 for 570 bags and cans of dog and cat food, about $10,000 off the regular price. Via Jupiterimages/Thinkstock
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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.”

A store staff member holds the receipt for the 570 bags and cans of dog and cat food Squires purchased. The food will go to local animal shelters. Via Erika Penney/The Telegram

A store staff member holds the receipt for the 570 bags and cans of dog and cat food Squires purchased. The food will go to local animal shelters. Via Erika Penney/The Telegram

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.

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  • I thank you for feeling the way you do about animals. That is such a commendable thing you did purchasing the food for all those animals. There truly are not enough people in this world like you.
    Thank you from all the dogs and cats you will be feeding.

    Carol Slatkovsky June 15, 2016 9:45 am Reply
  • thank you nice job that will feed lots of animals at least for awhile they all need to eat. congrads

    david chanik June 15, 2016 4:56 pm Reply
  • You gave me an idea! I am so glad you think like you do.

    eileen June 19, 2016 2:46 pm Reply
  • What a wonderful act of random kindness and generosity! Thank you for what you did. You are a special person is such a screwed up world. And for the smiles this story gave me, thank you! 🙂

    Cheryle McCarthy June 20, 2016 2:57 pm Reply
  • You did a wonderful thing. Not many people love and empathize with animals to the extent you demonstrated. Kudos!

    Linda June 20, 2016 4:54 pm Reply
  • Kudos! Your compassion for the animals is a model for all of us.

    Linda June 20, 2016 4:56 pm Reply

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