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Yard sale to benefit Grant County Animal Shelter

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By Bryan Marshall

The Grant County Friends of the Shelter will hold a fundraiser yard sale on Saturday, July 28 to benefit the Grant County Animal Shelter.
The yard sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grant County Tourism and Chamber of Commerce Center at 1350 N Main St. in Williamstown.

The rain date for the event will be Aug. 4.

The Grant County Friends of the Shelter is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports and assists the shelter in helping homeless pets in the county.

“We try to help make the pets stay at the shelter as comfortable as possible,” said Yvonne Stimer, board member of the Grant County Friends of the Shelter and a shelter volunteer.

The Friends of the Shelter’s duties include: helping with adoption events, taking pictures of pets available for adoption, funding emergency veterinary care and a trap, neuter, release program to provide spay and neutering of feral (stray) cats.

The organization also has raised money to provide outdoor kennel runs for shelter dogs and an outdoor cat enclosure.

“The dogs can now leave the indoor kennels and go outside to play and get fresh air,” Stimer said. “Kittens do not have to stay in a cage.

They too can have fresh air and sunshine. People looking to adopt can go inside the enclosure and interact with the cats and kittens. We also raise money for new kennel beds.

To make the yard sale successful, the Friends of the Shelter is asking the community for donations of gently used items, including clothing, appliances in working condition, household items, furniture, toys and books to sell at the fundraiser.

Donations can be dropped off at the Grant County Animal Shelter located on 218 Barnes Rd. in Williamstown. Donations will be accepted during regular shelter hours of noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through July 27.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of the Friends of the Shelter, can call Pat Conrad at 859-823-7561.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help at the shelter or to donate to the fundraiser yard sale, can call Marsha Chaney, director, at the shelter at 859-824-9403.

“To see a pet benefit by your help assisting the shelter is truly rewarding,” Stimer said. “To know you are helping to save a life is the best part of volunteering.”