On Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, AnimalSave will hold an Open House celebrating the Thrift and Treasures Benefit Store’s 14th year anniversary, the Foster/Adoption Program’s 14th year anniversary, and the Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic’s fifth year anniversary.
First opened in 1999 in a small building on Colfax Avenue, the Thrift and Treasures Benefit Store moved to its current location at 520 East Main Street in 2006. Today, proceeds from the sale of donated items help fund about 20 percent of AnimalSave’s programs, which includes the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, Foster/Adoption Program, Low-Income Supplemental Pet Food Assistance Program, and Humane Education Program.
Over the past year, AnimalSave has been planning the AnimalSave Center which includes an expansion of the benefit store. With more floor space and storage the store will be able to handle more items and generate more income for the programs.
AnimalSave is also celebrating the Foster/Adoption Program’s fourteenth year of rescuing and finding loving homes for dogs and cats. Since 1999, the program’s staff and dedicated volunteers have placed 3,691 dogs and cats in forever homes. An important adjunct to the foster adoption program is the AnimalSave Cat Adoption Room, which over the last nine years has been the gateway for thousands of cat and kitten adoptions, providing a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for the cats that AnimalSave rescues.
AnimalSave’s primary program is the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Purchased in 2008 at a cost of $170,000, the 33-foot state-of-the-art mobile surgical vehicle provides an affordable way for responsible pet owners to become part of the solution, rather than allowing their unaltered pets to breed and add to the already overwhelming number of homeless animals entering the shelter system.
Yet even before the Clinic existed, AnimalSave was working to reduce the serious problem of pet overpopulation by offering individual financial assistance for spay and neuter services. In fact, since its inception fourteen years ago, AnimalSave has been responsible for spaying or neutering over 14,000 dogs and cats--an amazing number that conservatively has prevented the birth of at least 70,000 animals. While the group’s other programs certainly help improve the lives of animals, its leaders believe that prevention has the biggest long range impact on the number of homeless animals in our community.
AnimalSave continues to operate because of ongoing community support and generous donors who want to help AnimalSave help the animals. This also includes the hundreds of loyal and dedicated volunteers who log some 25,000 hours every year working in the store, fostering animals, working in the Cat Adoption Room and Spay/Neuter Clinic, distributing food to low-income pet owners, and undertaking the dozens of other tasks that help to improve the lives of animals. It would cost AnimalSave the equivalent of twelve full-time positions to replace these volunteers.
The community is invited to join AnimalSave at this Open House celebration of its many years of service. Along with refreshments and 50%-off savings on everything in the benefit store, a variety of door prizes will be awarded, including benefit store gift certificates and certificates for free cat adoptions and free spay or neuter services. Special prices for cat adoptions in the Cat Adoption Room will be in effect throughout the event. In addition, Saturday will feature tours of the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic. Open house will be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.