Bargain-hunters and animal-lovers come together for the annual Pratt Area Humane Society garage sale fund-raiser Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Genesis Center, 123 N. Oak.
The sale always includes lots of bicycles, Christmas decorations, electronics, knick-knacks, sports items and furniture — the usual garage sale selection, minus the clothing.
It typically raises between $2,000 and $3,000 for a facility that helps the animals and benefits the community.
Looking for a pet? The shelter may have just the dog or cat you're looking for. Since January, 127 dogs and 23 cats have been adopted.
Lost your pet? It may have been picked up and taken to the shelter. Fifteen dogs have been returned to their owners since the first of the year.
Annoyed by a dog or cat that's running loose and damaging your property or threatening your safety? The shelter contracts with the City of Pratt to house stray animals. The goal is always to find permanent homes for them.
Pratt Area Humane Society, a non-profit organization, receives $1,500 each month from the city and $1,000 a month from the county, but depends heavily on fund-raisers and donations to provide the care the animals need.
There are two ways to help: donate useful items and come shop at the sale.
"I think people look forward to this sale each year," said Society member Fay Miller. "With these economic times, we appreciate a bargain."
The pricing system is a little different this year, she explained. Small items will be offered for a donation, as in the past. A dot system will indicate prices of other things. Anything marked with a pink dot is $2, green dots are $4 and orange dots are $6. Large items will have prices marked.
In addition, shoppers may register for gift baskets of items for dogs and cats, in exchange for a suggested donation.
And because it's all for the animals, some furry beneficiaries will be present, to let people know who's available for adoption, to beseech with pleading eyes or amuse with cute antics. If it's too hot for their comfort, however, they will wait for potential families to come see them at the shelter.