THE owner of a Westminster dog cafe has launched a colourful campaign in support of marriage equality after receiving negative comments for publicly supporting the LGBTI community.
FurBaby Boutique and Cafe owner Shari Lovreta employed professional photographer Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne to take photos of six different dogs coloured with pet-safe chalk in the pride rainbow flag colours, to show support for marriage equality for her ‘Paws up for Equality’ campaign.
“We are calling for owners to post photos of their dogs on social media to support marriage equality with the #furbabies4equality,” she said.
Ms Lovreta said she was taken aback by the negative sentiments and personal attacks she received on social media on a post about a rainbow paw print bumper sticker.
“One comment was from a customer, a very loyal customer who had shared her breakfast with me for at least every second weekend for the last three years,” she said.
“I started to watch our social media followers decrease and found that there were more messages of hatred over FurBaby’s support of marriage equality.”
Ms Lovreta said while everyone was entitled to an opinion, she was shocked by the negativity in the comments and messages.
“Instead of accepting this negativity, we are going to use the love shown by our ‘furbabies’ to stand up and fight for marriage equality,” she said.
“When one of our LGBTI customers asked if we had anything in stock that was LGBTI and dog themed, I thought it was a wonderful idea to support one of the many groups of people who support the cafe.”