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Animal Lovers Make Good Customers

Lochard Do it Center is for the dogs—and cats. The business, based in Sidney, Ohio, holds several events to benefit the Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation (SCARF) throughout the year.

“We invited SCARF to host adoption events at our store,” says hardware manager Deb Peters. “SCARF goes to many organizations here in our area, and we’re a very pet-friendly place, so it made sense for us to be one of them.”

Lochard Do it Center hosts three to four events a year focused on the animals. The rescue organization brings in adoptable animals for customers to meet and get the process started for adoption. Customers also drop off goods to donate to the shelter, including blankets, food, cleaning supplies and toys. For another event, Lochard Do it Center staff actually bakes homemade treats for animals in the community.

“Mr. Lochard himself comes from a long line of animal lovers, and he loves this community, too,” Peters says. “He loves to do anything to help out the people and the animals who live here.”

And if any customers want to see animals at the store, they don’t even need to wait for a shelter event. Animals are welcome at Lochard Do it Center every day. Some dogs even know when they’re about to make a trip to the local hardware store.

“We have a lot of pet owners in the community, and there are many pets out there who know us,” Peters says. “They know when they leave home with Dad that they’re coming here. We keep treats at the front so there’s something for them when they come in. We’re all animal lovers here, so do what we can for them.”

About Melanie Moul

Melanie is the communications and content manager for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She joined the NHPA team in 2016 as an editor for Hardware Retailing and now helps lead the communications team to deliver relevant, timely content to the industry.

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