As well as selling flatpack furniture, Ikea’s store in Catania, Sicily, provides an unusual service. It welcomes stray dogs off the street, feeding them and allowing them to curl up and nap among the store’s living room displays.
The practice is popular with customers, who include local shop owner Giovanna Pecorino. “I know those dogs well,” she says. “I love them. They give me a sense of peace.” The strays are cared for by a local animal welfare group and some dogs have even been adopted by customers and found a permanent home.