Paws of Hope looking for volunteers

Jodi Schellenberg
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A combination of garage sale enthusiasts and animal lovers will want to help out the SPCA next weekend.

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The seventh annual Prince Albert SPCA Paws of Hope garage sale is coming up on May 8 to 10 and the organizations is looking for volunteers.

“It appears to be a very popular event for this community to attend,” executive director Debbie Lehner said. “It is widely supported by the community and outlying areas.”

One of the areas they depend on volunteers is to collect donations from the community.

“Everything is donated for this fundraiser -- all the items we get are generously donated by people of the community and outlying areas,” Lehner said.

The SPCA gets donations of all kinds, from kitchen appliances, such as fridges and stoves, and other household items, to electronics, tools and even Christmas decorations.

“A lot of the things that come in too are gently used and we have had brand new items brought in,” Lehner said.

People from the community will bring in items they no longer need, but sometimes businesses will also donate surplus items to the garage sale, such as paint, she said.

Volunteers are needed to help collect the items at the Archie Anderson Pavilion at the Exhibition Grounds from Tuesday to May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Not only will the volunteers collect donations, they will also help sort them into categories, Lehner said.

“Everything is set up in departments just like a department store,” Lehner said. “It is run over three days and has always been a great turnout.”

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can call the shelter at 306-763-6110 to sign up for a shift.

“We are looking for people to help with the set up starting April 29 right through to May 7,” Lehner said. “There are various shifts they can sign up for. If they can only spare a couple of hours, that works just fine too.”

The event is extremely large and the support each year has been “extremely phenomenal,” she said.

The garage sale is also unique because instead of pricing out all the items, they accept offers instead.

“Everything is by donation and we don’t price anything,” Lehner said. “The community and individuals have been very, very generous. Everything is by donation so you make us an offer. No reasonable offer is refused.”

All the money raised will go to support the SPCA’s animal rescue and investigation as well as medical care costs.

“Sometimes annual fundraisers run their course after five years,” Lehner said. “Our sixth year, which was last year, was our most successful year and we are hoping to have another successful year as well.”

Last year, the event raised $22,500, which is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to covering expenses.

“Our medical costs for the year are about $70,000,” Lehner said. “It definitely goes towards helping to support those programs that we do.”

She is looking forward to this year’s event.

“We are optimistic that it is going to be great weather,” Lehner said. “We will also have a canteen there so they can buy a burger and a drink and look at everything. It is an exciting time. We just really look forward to seeing everyone again this year.”

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