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Pets 4 Luv Adoption Center evicted from Mall,
Fosters Needed

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M. Mullins
By Michael Mullins
Published July 28, 2012
Thirty adoptable cats are in need of temporary foster homes this weekend as the Long Island-based non-profit, Pets 4 Luv, faces eviction on July 30 from its adoption center at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, NY.

Pets 4 Luv Founder Dave Bernacchi received
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the eviction notice on July 9, despite he says having signed a one-year lease in April. The Westfield Group, Bernacchi’s landlord, is a global real estate firm based out of Australia with an asset portfolio valued at approximately $61 billion. Unbeknownst to Berncacchi, the lease he signed contained a provision that permitted the landlord to evict the tenant for any reason if a seven day notice is given.

According to Bernacchi, Pets 4 Luv was leased the space at a discounted rate at a time when the mall was having difficulty finding vendors. At the end of June Bernacchi says Westfield found a vendor who offered full price for the space they were occupying. Less than two weeks later the eviction notice was delivered. Westfield has offered the adoption center a temporary storage space within the mall where the cats can be housed. Volunteers would be granted access, but the public would not. All adoptable dogs that were previously at the Pets 4 Luv adoption center have already been successfully relocated to foster homes.

While in operation, Pets 4 Luv adopted out approximately 30 animals per month according to Bernacchi, pulling shelters dogs and cats from Animal Care and Control of New York City and the Coweta County Animal Shelter of Georgia, both of which kill animals at their facilities.

In a written statement to 1010 WINS, the mall wrote: “We were pleased to provide Pets 4 Luv with a temporary home as agreed by all parties upon signing of the temporary lease. This was never a long-term arrangement. The time has come to move forward with planned improvements to the shopping center and the space is required for that work. Unfortunately, there was not another space available in the center that could accommodate their special needs. We wish Pets 4 Luv all the best in their new location.”

Bernacchi is currently in talks with three other area landlords in the hopes of relocating the adoption center as soon as possible. To inquire about temporarily fostering a cat from Pets 4 Luv, call 516.798.4040 or visit www.pets4luv.org.End
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