By Glenn Alderson
VANCOUVER – It doesn’t matter if you’re a cat or a dog person, Alexis Murphy and Kristy Lynn Clark have got all your pet supply needs covered at Long Live Cats & Dogs. Located in East Vancouver’s Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood, they’re filling a niche in the neighbourhood while injecting a bit of their own rock ‘n’ roll personalities in to it at the same time. Part of this unique branding extends to their registered non-profit, Neüterhead: Ace Of Spays. Think Motörhead but with less balls — Literally. The organization uses rock ‘n’ roll to raise funds to assist responsible pet rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering. Funds are raised through the sale of online merchandise and through bands who sell Neüterhead goods and apparel while on tour. Additional fundraising is done at one-off shows and the next event is a heavy metal spectacular on February 2 at the Rickshaw Theatre, featuring a bunch of one-off cover bands comprised of members from local favourites like 3 Inches Of Blood, Sumac, Bison, No Sinner, Glad Rags, Baptists and a bunch more.
Joining Murphy and Clark on the board of directors are Rheanna Diane (Fancypants Design Co.) plus Shane Clark and Justin Hagberg (3 Inches/Worse). To date, the collective has raised more than $13,500 for animal rescue organizations. Not since Bob Barker on the Price Is Right have any individuals taken such a loud stance on the issue of spaying and neutering. We wanted to catch up with the leading ladies behind such a noble cause to chat and also check out the bad ass satanic guinea pig display they’ve got set up in their shop so we stopped by the pet store mecca for a chat. The little piggies are also up for adoption so stop by and check them out if you’re in the market for a new furry friend.
How did you two meet and get in to this business together?
AM: We met in Physics class at VCC. In November 2012 we were hanging out and Alexis needed cat litter. It was two buses to get up Commercial Drive for cat litter. We talked about how our neighbourhood needed a pet supply store and that was pretty much it. We found 2255 Hastings (now Black Rider Tattoo location) that day, two months later we opened up shop as Long Live Cats and Dogs.
Can you tell us about your pets?
KC: We’ve got two cats named Ritchie Catmore & Ronnie James Meow who live at the pet shop. I have two cats named Squeak and Toaster, and Kristy has two cats, Yoyo & Squishy.
Can you tell us a bit about how Neüterhead came to be?
AM: We just wanted to give back to the community.
What sort of success has Neüterhead celebrated in the past?
KC: Past events have seen donations made to organizations like VOKRA, HugABull, Spirits Mission and Broken Promises.
What have you got up your sleeves for this 2018 charity event?
AM: Great bands and raffle prizes!
Can you tell us a bit about what makes you most excited about working in East Vancouver?
KC: The community, for sure.
What are some of the more challenging things you have to deal with as business owners in East Vancouver?
AM: The property tax increase for rezoned neighbourhoods
Favourite place to eat lunch/dinner in Hastings Sunrise?
AM; Laksa King, Pho Don and OnLok.
KC: That’s a hard one there are so many great spots.
What do you think is East Vancouver’s best-kept secret? (K&A)
KC: Hanoi has the best vegetarian pho
Neüterhead’s next event is taking place on February 2 at the Rickshaw Theatre. For more information about the event and the charity, visit www.neuterhead.comhi how are you