Cauz for Pawz to move after losing lease

Cathryn Duhigg, director of Cauz for Pawz at the store (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Cathryn Duhigg, director of Cauz for Pawz at the store (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

East 23rd Street thrift shop Cauz for Pawz will be moving to make way for a new urgent care center, Town & Village has learned. The store’s director Cathryn Duhigg had sent an emailed newsletter to customers on Monday announcing that the store had lost its lease but was looking for a new shop nearby.

Reached on the phone, Duhigg said she was recently told that the store, which had been on a month-to-month lease for the past five months, would need to be out by the end of August to make room for the urgent care center. The medical center will also occupy space that was last home to a pharmacy next door to Cauz for Pawz, after the owner breaks through the shops’ walls.

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, Duhigg said there were two nearby stores she was looking at for a new home for the thrift store, and that she’d know within the week if either works out.

“Everything is fine,” she said. “We are staying in the community. Some people have given us places to look at. The community has been amazing.”

A canine wedding for the store’s mascot dog Shorty to another neighborhood pooch named Riley, that had been scheduled for September 20, is also still on, though of course the location will be different. Additionally, the price of admission for the event, which is a fundraiser for the store, has been lowered from $100 to $50.

Based on the spaces Duhigg has been checking out, which are within a few blocks from the store’s current address, the new store will be smaller.

However, Duhigg said this isn’t a problem because the store doesn’t need the two floors it has currently. Prior to the move, there will be a big blowout sale, and Duhigg said the plan is to have the new shop open even before the current one, which has been open since 2011, closes.

Cauz for Pawz raises money for animal-related causes and pet owners in need.

Two Gramercy dogs will say ‘I do’

Shorty (left) and Riley at the store where Shorty has become the official mascot (Photo courtesy of Cauz for Pawz)

Shorty (left) and Riley at the store where Shorty has become the official mascot (Photo courtesy of Cauz for Pawz)

By Sabina Mollot

The concept of a dog wedding is hardly anything new. Passionate pet owners who’ve gotten Fido hitched in fancy ceremonies have even include Grammy-winner John Legend as well as numerous owners who’ve reportedly spent six figures for lavish puptials. And there’s another thing that’s not new. Articles on the subject of canine coupling dripping with shameless — albeit admittedly clever — pooch puns ranging from “puppy love” to “muttrimony.”

So why, you may be asking, is Town & Village writing about it now? Because at Cauz for Pawz, a Gramercy thrift shop, a dog wedding will be taking place in September — and we’re all invited. The bride and groom are both seniors at 14 years old and rescues. The bride, Shorty, was adopted by the nonprofit shop’s director, Cathryn Duhigg, at an adoption event that was held at Cauz for Pawz. Due to Shorty’s being a bit on the barky side, “no one else wanted her,” said Duhigg. But Duhigg said she was able to get past the chihuaha terrier mix’s annoying habit. This was after realizing that as a result of Shorty’s having been given up by her last owner who she lived with for 13 years, and then being fostered for a while, “she was destroyed.” The formerly lonely Shorty has since become the East 23rd store’s mascot, working alongside her owner. She still barks a lot at just about everyone.

That is, until the day that Riley came along. Duhigg said she knew he was the one when Shorty met him and didn’t start yapping.

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