An IKEA store in Italy is being praised by animal lovers all around for opening its doors to stray dogs during the winter months.
The Swedish furniture store located in Catania have decided to give shelter to stray dogs to keep them warm and dry now that the weather has become chilly. A Facebook video, courtesy of the Taccia mother-daughter duo and which has since gone viral, shows a couple of the dogs happily lounging among the store's furniture displays.
Una bella iniziativa per dare riparo ai randagi mentre fuori piove.....tutto questo succede nel centro commerciale di IKEA(Catania)......tra lo stupore di molti passanti,mia figlia commossa mi ha mandato questo video! Vogliamo applaudire questa civiltà? 👏👏👏👏👏Posted by Vittoria Taccia Gabrielli on Saturday, November 10, 2018
This Italian IKEA's heartwarming deed came to light after customer Martine Taccia went shopping and came across a few dogs lounging around the store’s furniture displays. “My reaction was pure amazement,” Taccia told The Dodo. “It’s not a common thing.” She sent the video to her mother, who posted it on Facebook and the story took off from there.
According to The Dodo, IKEA’s employees and customers are making sure the dogs get food and some much-needed TLC, and some lucky pups even get to go home with IKEA customers, as their new pets.
Chilling on Ikea’s soft rugs certainly beats life on the cold streets, and the dogs have also become a huge hit on Instagram, with many shoppers posting photos of them. Customers who are lucky enough to live close to the welcoming furniture store are posting their own photos of IKEA’s newest residents, making themselves right at home in the display living rooms.
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This isn’t the first time that IKEA has helped animals in need. In 2014, they partnered with animal welfare groups in a project called Home For Hope, where IKEAs in Singapore and the United States added cardboard cut-outs of adoptable dogs to their living rooms.
Earlier this year, an IKEA in the UK stepped up when motorists were stuck for hours after an accident on the highway. The Swedish furniture store decided to give shelter to the people instead of leaving them in their cars. The Essex IKEA store opened its doors and offered its beds to the stranded motorists, which earned the business plenty of well-deserved praise at the time.