“We need to buy food and medicines for the animals, keep the van running and also support the caretakers who are out on the road,” says shop manager Sandra Lovering.
She says to do that they aim to sell top quality products at reasonable prices.
“To make our money we are totally reliant on what people donate to us.
“I try not to stipulate that we want this or that; pretty much anything goes. It’s good if items come clean and in good condition but we wash what needs to be cleaned and do a bit of mending or repair work if needed,” she says, pointing out a couple of collector item books, that have had their binding repaired.
“What we don’t want are things that can’t be repaired. Things like cracked plastic, as that ends up costing us and we have to dump it.”
She says recycling on the island is always an issue. “This is one way of recycling. Let somebody else have some use out of your unwanted items. Help us to help the animals and it’s better for everybody.”
Things that don’t sell, says Sandra, such as scraps of material or old jewellery, have been passed on to crafts people.
“And clothes that we end up having a surplus of, have in the past gone to the outer islands, but our priority is always funding for the animals.”
A Facebook campaign has seen tourists bring items to the island specifically to donate, meaning there is a big variety of quality items including designer wear, and plenty of top labels.
As well as clothes and shoes, the shop has a big selection of useful household items, videos, books, suitcases, jewellery, hats, beach and snorkel gear and more.