Humane Society: Yard sale donations are down

Animal adoption group desperately needs items

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Humane Society may not make as much money to care for abandoned animals next month because donations for its annual fall yard sale fundraiser are trickling in, according to the event’s organizer.

Yard sale organizer Gwen Lyle said she and Humane Society President Michelle Bryant were on the verge of panicking a week ago, when the number of donations made for the Oct. 6 yard sale couldn’t quite fill a single storage space. In the past, they had twice as many donations by that point, said Lyle.

The yard sale is two weeks away and Lyle said, while donations have begun to pick up, they are still far fewer than they normally have by now.

“We have about one-and-a-half storage units filled at this point, and we’re usually further along than this,” said Lyle. “We’re down about a full storage unit from where we have been by this point in the past.”

Lyle said the group will take donations of any kind, but they could certainly use more “big stuff,” such as dressers, tables, desks or even statues, which can be sold at the yard sale. Their goal is to fill three storage units with donated items by the time the yard sale is held on Oct. 6, from 8 a.m., until 4 p.m., at Jonesboro High School, located at 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro.

Earlier this month, Clayton County Humane Society Vice-President Robin Rawls said the group could face “major problems” funding its operations, including paying vet and grooming bills as well as expenses for cleaning supplies and pet food, if the yard sale is not a success.

Lyle explained the Humane Society does not receive any local, state or federal funding because it is a “no-kill” shelter. Therefore, it needs its three main fundraisers — the fall and spring yard sales as well as a quilt sale in June — to be successes.

“We count on these sales to be able to maintain our operations,” said Lyle. “It’s very scary to think about what you are going to have to do if one of them is not a success.”

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, call volunteer Jim Carter at 770-477-8352 or contact Michele Bryant at 404-422-4710. Humane Society volunteers will only pick up donations from people’s homes if they are large donations, said Lyle.