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Humane Society seeking yard sale donations

Photo by Heather Middleton
Michael Montroy, Clayton County Humane Society volunteer, plays with Brewster, Gabby and Duke at the shelter. All dogs are available for adoption.

Photo by Heather Middleton Michael Montroy, Clayton County Humane Society volunteer, plays with Brewster, Gabby and Duke at the shelter. All dogs are available for adoption.

JONESBORO — Clayton County Humane Society Vice-President Robin Rawls doesn’t mince words about what a lack of donations for the group’s fall yard sale will mean.

A poor performing yard sale will create “major problems” for the adoption shelter and its ability to maintain its operations. That is the prospect Humane Society officials are looking at with only three weeks left until the yard sale, which is one of the society’s major fundraisers.

Donations of items to be sold are only trickling in for the fundraiser.

“With each yard sale, it is important that we make it a success to be able to continue meeting our operational expenses,” said Rawls. “People donating items is what allows us to have the yard sale. Without stuff to sell, the yard sale will be a failure.”

The yard sale will be held Oct. 6, from 8 a.m.until 4 p.m., at Jonesboro High School, located at 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro.

Humane Society officials and volunteers said there are several operational costs and items they need money from the fundraiser to pay for, including veterinarian bills for the animals, cat and dog food, cat litter, cleaning supplies and building maintenance.

The group relies on the fall sale, as well as another yard sale in the spring and the annual Quilts N’ Fixins quilt sale, to raise money because financial donations are down because of the struggling economy.

“Monetary donations are down so we really need this yard sale to be a success,” said yard sale coordinator Gwen Lyle.

The Humane Society will only accept items which are clean and “gently used,” said Lyle. There are several items the Humane Society will not accept, however, including clothing, mattresses, box springs, water beds, sleeper sofas, infant cribs, tires, large appliances and “older style” computer monitors and televisions.

People who want to donate items can e-mail Lyle at lyle.gs@gmail.com, or call volunteer Jim Carter at 770-477-8352. Humane Society volunteers will only pick up donations from people’s homes if they are large donations, said Lyle. The deadline to have donations picked up is Sept. 28.