Councilwoman Crowder, A Rescue Pup & Santa Paws Join Forces

Councilwoman Crowder, A Rescue Pup & Santa Paws Join Forces

Cause for Paws Opens for the Holidays on Dec. 12

RALEIGH – Mayor Pro Tem Kay Crowder and a pup named Pork Chop will team up tomorrow at 10 a.m. to officially open the fourth Cause for Paws Thrift Store with a ribbon cutting – and ribbon chewing – ceremony. The celebration at 1657 N. Market Dr., Raleigh, will feature food, prizes, Santa and adoptable pets.

The animal rescue group, Cause for Paws, is supported in part by proceeds from its thrift stores: reason to celebrate for people and pets alike! Pork Chop, a 6-month-old shepherd/pit mix, is a CFP foster alumni recently adopted by a Raleigh family. Person and pup sharing the store’s spotlight is intentionally meant to set the stage for a pet-friendly bargain shopping experience.

“Our customers are always welcome to bring their pets shopping with them at any of our stores,” said CFP Founder Charles McCombs. “This celebration is about growing the Cause for Paws family and letting us help more dogs and cats. We’re hoping people will come do some shopping, get some great deals and possibly meet a pet that they want to make part of their family this holiday.”

The CFP Thrift Store Holiday Opening will last all day with adoptable pets; lunch with Deli-icious food truck; a raffle of items from Phydeaux Pet Store, Raleighwood and Buffaloe Lanes and, of course, Santa Paws who will be on hand from 10 until noon handing out dog toys and treats to canine shoppers. Santa has already heard from our foster dogs that they want homes for Christmas, but he has agreed to take wishes from children and other dogs who drop in tomorrow.

“We are excited about this Market Street location; the addition of this fourth store will allow us to foster more animals, get them medical care if needed and find them permanent homes,” said McCombs. “This gives us three distinct Raleigh addresses – coupled with our Zebulon store, there’s a convenient spot for anyone who wants to shop or donate to a Cause for Paws store.”

McCombs is excited that Crowder, Mayor pro tem, will lend her time to the celebration. A lifelong Raleigh resident, she is very familiar with CFP – her family members are regular donors to the stores. She also has a rescue cat names Hermes (though not a CFP feline, Hermes is also an avid supporter of rescuing pets). Crowder laughed when asked if she minded sharing the proverbial stage with Pork Chop and gave a resounding, “Of course not!”

CFP-NC is a non-profit group. A portion of the profits from the thrift stores support the rescue efforts. Donations are tax deductible and the store accepts gently used items for resale. Pet supplies are also accepted and used in foster homes for the animals. Donations are being accepted tomorrow while the festivities are happening. For more details, visit