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Humane Society fretting over shortage of yard sale items

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

— Pets in need require donations indeed.

The Clayton County Humane Society’s yard sales are some of the biggest fundraisers the animal adoption group holds every year, but next month’s sale may not be as successful if items aren’t donated.

The Humane Society is in dire need of yard sale donations, said organizer Gwen Lyle. With the sale three weeks away, she said the group has only received enough donations to fill half of a 10-by-10 storage unit.

Humane Society officials want to finish filling up that unit, and then fill up an additional 20-by-20 storage unit so they can have a successful fundraiser.

“We desperately need this sale to be successful so we can continue to care for the animals while they wait for their forever homes,” Lyle said. “To make it successful, we need donations from the community.”

The two yard sales the Humane Society holds each year are important to the group because the money raised is used to pay for operations at the nonprofit organization’s animal shelter in Jonesboro.

The fall and spring yard sales, along with a summer quilt sale, are the three biggest fundraisers the group holds each year.

Without the money raised from these events, the Humane Society would face a struggle to buy cleaning supplies and food for the shelter. They would also struggle to pay for any maintenance work needed at the facility.

Donations are asked to be clean and in “gently used” condition.

There are several items the Humane Society cannot accept, including clothing, shoes, mattresses, water beds, sleeper sofas, infant cribs, tires, metal file cabinets, large appliances such as full-size refrigerators, older style computer monitors and television sets and metal desks.

People who want to donate items are asked to call 770-363-4132 or send emails to mbryant@claytoncountyhumane.org or lyle.gs@gmail.com to schedule times to drop off their belongings.