Helen Woodward Animal Center kicks off its next exciting venture Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. The animal welfare organization with 10 unique programs, dedicated to the mission of “people helping animals, animals helping people,” is adding an 11th to its list of businesses.
A brand new resale shop, Orphaned Objects – located on Center grounds – will offer visitors an additional must-stop spot. Whether, taking home an “awww”-inspiring new pet or an awe-inspiring antique table, treasure-hunters are sure to find something perfect to brighten up their home. Best of all, funds from the resale shop go directly to the orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Orphaned Objects celebrates its Grand Opening this Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. with food, fun, fuzzy friends and shopping.
Over the past several months, Helen Woodward Animal Center staff and volunteers have been hard at work cleaning, painting, prepping, and sorting donation items, at the former Center Animal Hospital for the summer premiere of Orphaned Objects. The resale shop will offer an abundance of must-have, gently-used items such as furniture; bicycles; jewelry; sporting goods; pet supplies; artwork; books; housewares; designer clothing; high-end antique items; and a kid’s corner with games, toys and doll houses.
The idea of turning the former animal hospital into a resale shop grew out of the incredible success of previous years’ Wags to Riches Rummage Sales. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual one-day rummage-sale has always been a terrific fundraiser, with hundreds of bargain-shoppers lining up, bright and early, in hopes of discovering the very best treasures throughout the Center’s giant pavilion.
“People love finding bargains and knowing they’re helping orphan pets too,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center Development Manager Laurel Crump. “We thought the idea of letting our supporters do that all year long sounded like a good one.”
The Orphaned Objects Grand Opening Party will include refreshments, exciting feature items brought out throughout the day, visits from Helen Woodward Animal Center Pet Encounter Therapy Pets, Center Adoptables and a fun treasure hunt for $5 gift certificates. Dog and cat animal statues, hidden throughout the store, will hide these valuable coupons as prizes to those who find them first! (One coupon per customer, please.)
After the Grand Opening Party, Orphaned Objects will close for two days in preparation to reopen its doors for good, starting Wednesday, Aug. 7. Regular business hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted during store business hours. Due to the value and fragile nature of many of the specialty items and antiques, pets are not allowed inside the store. Orphaned Objects respectfully requests that all parents leave their fuzzy family members at home while they shop.
“Opening a brand new resale shop has been a gigantic project but we’re willing to do the hard work if it can help us save more lives,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center vice president of development Renee Resko. “We’ve been so touched by all the wonderful donation items we have received. It’s been a lovely way for individuals to give to our orphan pets, even when they can’t provide a home for them.”
For information on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Orphaned Objects Resale Shop or to donate items, click on www.animalcenter.org/orphanedobjects, call (858) 756-4117 or stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. The Orphaned Objects Resale Store is located next to Club Pet on the Center grounds.