Humane Society to hold town yard sale

September 25, 2013 • Local News

Krystal Smith of the Roswell Humane Society holds puppies that are up for adoption. The Humane Society [auth] will hold a community yard sale Saturday at the field next to the Wool Bowl starting at 6 a.m. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

Lamps, couches, tables, pots and pans will be among the assorted items available for sale at Saturday’s Roswell Humane Society’s Community Yard Sale.

Anyone who wants to clean out their garage, or sell a few items, have until 4:30 p.m. today to stop by the Humane Society’s office, at 703 E. McGaffey St., and purchase a permit. The event will be located next to the Roswell Wool Bowl.

The funds raised through the selling of permits goes to help pay for the costs to operate the shelter, said Krystal Smith of the Humane Society. Participants in the yard sale get to keep the profits from selling their goods.

“If they choose to make a donation, it’s fine,” Smith said.

Food and business vendors are also welcome to participate, but the cost of the permits vary.

The yard sale, which is held twice a year, draws 50 to 100 participants to the field.

Vendors start setting up at 5 a.m. Saturday. Buyers usually begin trickling in at 6 a.m. The sale is open until 5 p.m., but many vendors start packing up at 3 p.m., so it’s best to arrive early, Smith said.

“We’re putting it on to help the animals and the shelter,” Smith said.

Volunteer Enrique Moreno organizes the event and originally came up with the idea, she said.

The Humane Society is funded completely through donations to its operations and to its thrift store.

Currently, the shelter is at capacity.

“We’re overwhelmed with puppies right now,” Smith said.

The staff is seeing many of the animals arrive with parvovirus, which is a highly contagious virus that can be deadly for dogs. Smith encouraged owners to vaccinate at home.

The cost to adopt from the Humane Society is $50, which helps pay for shots and de-worming. The fee covers services, such as spaying and neutering, city licensing and rabies shots. Those who want to adopt, and who already have dogs or children, are assessed to ensure they are a good fit to become the new pet’s owner.

“We ensure it’s a suitable adoption,” Smith said.

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