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Humane Society branches out into thrift shop business to support its work

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It’s not the first time any humane society has embarked on such a project, but it is the first time that the Timmins and District Humane Society has opened a thrift store, to act as a year-round source of fundraising.

The grand opening of “Friends of Pets Thrift and Consignment Shop” is this Saturday morning at 97 Bloor Avenue in South Porcupine.

Humane society executive director Alicia Santamaria (ah-LEESH-ah Santa Maria) dispels the misconception that it will only deal in pet goods.

“It’s for everyone,” she points out. “For people and for pets.  We’ll sell anything and everything.”

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“And we’re also encouraging local artists and small business owners as well,” Santamaria continues, “if they’ve got anything they’d like to donate for this initiative, either for consignment or just to donate outright, then we definitely encourage them to do that and get in touch with us.”

All the money raised will go towards veterinary care for animals at the Human Society shelter on Mahoney Road, in the west end of Timmins.

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