The Logan County Humane Society is beginning a new venture to help save more animals that come into the county’s shelter. Bow Wow-Meow Thrift Shop, at 235 west 2nd Street in Russellville will be having its grand opening Friday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. On Saturday, the society will be grilling hot dogs. Weather permitting, the society will be bringing out a few dogs for adoption.
The society contracts with the county to run the day-to-day operation of the shelter, however, additional funding is always being sought to rescue the hundreds of homeless animals that come through the shelter on a yearly basis.
“It’s coming together,” says Humane Society President Belinda Humphrey. “We anticipate this will be a great opportunity which will help fund our efforts to save the lives of so many animals.”
Humphrey and Society Director Kathy Maddox came up with the idea of opening a thrift shop when it became the season for yard sales. The Society usually has a yard sale twice a year. Both Humphrey and Maddox thought it may be better to have a store where donated items could be featured and sold year around.
“We are always racking our brains trying to think of fundraisers and we wanted something that would be a year around fundraiser,” said Humphrey. “You get all these donations for the yard sale and have to use a storage building all year to have a two day yard sale. Plus this would be steady income for the shelter.”
Humphrey says Maddox had been wanting to do this for two years now and they thought it would go over if they could get enough donations to do it.
“We started looking around town for empty spaces and found this one. Thanks to Fount Shifflett for giving us a good deal, we chose this space,” Humphey said.
Humphrey had gotten on Facebook when she and Maddox began thinking seriously about the idea asking if the Society opened a store would there be enough volunteers to run it. She said she got an overwhelming answer of yes. Donations began to pour in and Humphrey says her garage became very full.
“We even had to get a storage unit to house all of the overflow,” said Humphrey, thanking Double M Storage for its donation of a unit to put stuff in.
“The Lord provides,” said Humphrey. “And we are thankful to everyone who has helped us and donated for the animals.”
The store will be accepting donations beginning next week on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Please drop donations off on the porch of the store and place them in garbage bags as to protect the items in case it rains. Drop off is between 1-5 p.m. The Society is asking those who donate to please donate items that can be sold. That means no stains, rips or tears or broken items please.
The store will be opened on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will also be yard sale items outside on the weekends as well.
Offered at the store will be knickknacks, clothing (men, women and children), shoes, toys, household items, furniture, kitchen ware, home decor, electronics, and a little bit of everything.
All proceeds collected will go towards supporting the Logan County Humane Society. If you would like to help volunteer in the store, please call Humphrey at 270-772-2919.