The Morehouse Humane Society will be holding a garage sale this weekend to supplement the funding of improvements at the Bastrop Animal Shelter.
With the completion of a new facility, which features 10 open-air dog runs, at the shelter last month, the MHS is continuing to raise money for another facility.
“We're still in the planning stage,” said MHS board member Fay Thomas. “We're not sure if we're going to make renovations to an old building or if we're going to tear it down and rebuild.”
Thomas said the society's fundraisers this year would not be enough to complete the new facility.
“It's a big deal to replace a building,” she said. “The money we make on this year's fundraisers will give us a head start on the project.”
With thousands of items up for sale in the garage sale, Thomas said the items are contributions from across Morehouse Parish and beyond.
“Members of the Morehouse Humane Society pass the word around that we're having the sale and some people will collect things for six months to give us,” she said. “We also frequently get leftovers from estate sales.”
Thomas said volunteers with the North Louisiana Cotton Festival Fairgrounds and MHS volunteers have been “working effortlessly” to get ready for the sale.
“Ladies with the fair board who've been helping are Jerry Jordan, Tina Eppinette and Jo Ann Blazer,” she said. “Ladies with the Morehouse Humane Society who are helping are Anita Barker, Mary Gregory, Joyce Ford and Sue Glass. This wouldn't be possible without them.”
In addition to the garage sale, the MHS has also began selling tickets for a gun raffle, Arms For Animals, in 2011. Guns purchased by the MHS at Simmon's Sporting Goods at “cost plus” are raffled off every Saturday during the Louisiana Lottery Pick Three drawing.
“We have no control over whoever wins because it's determined by the Pick Three numbers,” Thomas said.
The fundraiser began with 1,000 tickets sold during 2011 at $50 a piece. The rifle drawings began in January of 2012 with 52 chances to win.
“We're selling the tickets right now for the 2013 year,” Thomas said. “Anyone in the United States can purchase a ticket and the winners will be determined the same way as they were this year.”
Some of the guns raffled in the 2013 will include an Iver Jonson Eagle 1911 on Jan. 5, 2013; a Henry H001 Lever 22 LR rifle on Jan. 12, 2013; and a Smith & Wesson 811003 M & P 15 Optic Ready on Jan. 19, 2013.
Thomas said the winning numbers can be seen on Sunday mornings by going online at louisianalottery.gov. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Bastrop Tire or by calling Thomas at 281.8712.The MHS will be holding its garage sale at the Joe Pate Building from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 and from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6.