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Humane society thrift shop in WOC seeking donations

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 05, 2018
Photo by: Brian Gilliland The Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City is accepting donations from the community to help fund the no-kill shelter.

(April 6, 2018) The Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City is accepting donations from the community to help fund the no-kill shelter.

The shelter is seeking donations of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, purses, beach items, home goods, books, pet items, and furniture such as chairs and tables.

“We are hoping to be open by the end of April, pending a business permit,” said Mary Martinez, manager of the thrift store and board member for the Worcester County Humane Society. “The shelter needs the funding. We are trying to be more self-sufficient and hoping the store brings some financial help, beyond the generous donations from our community.”

All new or gently used donations must be delivered to the thrift store in West Ocean City. Large appliances, electronics, children’s clothes, toys and mattresses will not be accepted at this time.

In addition, a number of classes and events are being created to draw visitors.

Donations of books for children and adults are needed to fill up a “cozy nook” in the store, where a visiting kitty from the shelter will stop by during story time.

“We are focusing on things that revolve around animals,” Martinez said. “This is a good way for children to spend time with an animal and read to them and a way to promote the cats at our shelter. It adds a different element to the thrift store.”

Additional classes and events slated to take place when the thrift store opens include chalk painting, wreath making, stenciling of furniture, wine and paint night, pet portraits, yoga with kitties and more children/animal-related activities, she said.

The Worcester County Humane Society is a private, nonprofit shelter on 12330 Eagles Nest Road in Berlin. The shelter is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Mondays. The shelter depends on donations and fundraising to care for the many animals that call the facility home.

“It costs approximately $1,900 per animal a year to house, feed and take care of them,” Martinez said. “Kitten season is upon us. We will probably have another 100 cats in the coming months and always have about 25 dogs.”

In the near future, the Worcester County Humane Society will open a spay and neuter clinic on Stephen Decatur Highway, offering low-cost spay and neutering services, in addition to shots and microchipping.

Donations for the Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store can be dropped off at the back door entrance in West Ocean City on 12703 Sunset Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Larger furniture items can be picked up. Donations will not be accepted at the shelter.

For more information, call 410-213-9400 or search for “WCHS Thrift Store” on Facebook for updates and the grand opening announcement date.

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