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Rummage Sale, Silent Auction Set to Help Alabama’s Animals

There are only a handful of things the world can agree on. Saving money? Good. Helping animals? Good. And, well, that’s about it.

If you’re one of the altruistic-yet-frugal masses, there’s a way you can save money and help animals at the same time this weekend. Friends of Rescue (FOR), an animal welfare group in the Huntsville area, is hosting a rummage sale and silent auction at the newly established Felines and Canines Rescue Center (FCRC).

Proceeds from the sale will be split between Friends of Rescue and the Felines and Canines Rescue Center, a sort of halfway house for animals. You can read more about that here. 

The 8,000-square-foot sale is packed full of everything from furniture to clothes and everything in between.

Bethany Marbut, one of the leaders of Friends of Rescue, said they had to stop asking for donations after two weeks because the outpouring was so overwhelming.

“Kitten season hit everyone hard this year, including FOR,” Bethany said. “The cost to care for cats and kittens is incredibly disproportionate to the adoption fees we receive on these animals. Therefore, the difference must be made up for in fundraising efforts and through the generous support of our donors. FOR’s vet bills average around $22,000 a month to care for the dogs and cats coming into our program. FCRC is raising funds to complete renovations on the newly purchased facility in order to begin lifesaving efforts that will result in 3,000 additional lives saved from our community per year.”

What To Look For

The silent auction drew in some high-end items like an overnight stay at the Marriot of the Shoals, an overnight stay at Guntersville State Park with breakfast and a round of golf, Alabama football memorabilia and artwork provided by local artists like a handmade, glass, mosaic cross. You can see all the items up for bid on their Facebook page.

As far as the rummage sale goes, be on the look out for designer brands. Donations have poured in that include Michael Kors, Ugg, Kate Spade, Burberry, Cole Haan, Columbia, Vera Wang, Clarks, Lauren James Zara, Prada, Sperry, Marc Jacobs and Talbots in addition to homecoming-worthy dresses and game day apparel. The home section has depression glass, decor, Fostoria crystal, furniture, linens and appliances.

The sale runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Felines and Canines Rescue Center at 266 Hamer Road in Owens Cross Roads.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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