Photo by Heather Middleton
Keith Hunt, a member of the Clayton County Humane Society shelter staff, gets kisses from Summer, a 3-year-old lab. Thanks to generous donations and lots of yard sale shoppers, Summer and other at the shelter will be able to have vet care and food.
JONESBORO — Blossom will be able to get coiffed and prettied up again.
Summer can continue going to her veterinarian, too.
Reno will still have hearty meals to eat for a little bit longer.
That is because Southern Crescent residents came out in droves and spent thousands of dollars at last weekend’s Clayton County Humane Society fall Treasures for Paws Yard Sale fundraiser, said Humane Society officials.
In fact, so many people came to the yard sale, and so much money was spent to buy items, officials from the animal adoption group believe they may have hit a high-water mark for the semi-annual event.
“We would like to say ‘Thank You!!” to our friends in the community who donated items to our fall Treasures For Paws Yard Sale,” said Gwen Lyle, the yard sale’s coordinator, in a written statement. “The response to our pleas for more great items to sell was phenomenal and we had our best sale ever!”
Humane Society officials are not publicly announcing how much money they raised because they do not want people to believe they are now flush with cash and don’t need anymore donations.
The total dollar amount, which has been shown to Clayton News Daily, is a significant influx of funding, though. It will go to pay for veterinarian bills, food for the animals and cleaning supplies and maintenance for the Humane Society’s shelter in Jonesboro.
Lyle said donations are still needed year-round, however, to keep the shelter open.
“The reality is that these proceeds could be gone with a few large vet bills or maintenance problems,” she said. “From food, to vet bills, to shelter maintenance, the bills keep coming so we keep asking our fellow animal loves to help us help the animals. So, don't be surprised when you hear us asking for help again.”
The fall yard sale is one of three fundraisers Clayton County Humane Society does every year to keep its doors open. The group will have another Treasures for Paws Yard Sale next spring, and the annual Quilts and Fixins quilt sale fundraiser is expected to take place next June.