The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

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September 1, 2011

Rita B. Huff to host garage sale this weekend

HUNTSVILLE — Man’s best friend and his feline compadres invite the public to a weekend fundraiser meant just for them.

The Rita B. Huff Humane Society animal shelter costs nearly $300,000 to run each year and the bulk of that amount has to be made up of donations from the public.

Barbara Dunlap helped organize this weekend’s fundraiser, the largest the shelter does all year, which is a three-day garage sale.

“We get modest funds from the city and county, and we ask for funds every time an animal is dropped off, but it’s never enough to meet the costs to run the shelter,” she said. “This is a primary means of revenue for the year.”

As the garage sale fundraiser has grown over the years, more and more people have donated items, Dunlap said.

“This year we have so many cool things,” she said. “We have gorgeous furniture. I’ve been doing this for four years, and it’s the best stuff we’ve ever had.”

Dunlap said in addition to the usual rummage sale finds, there are many pieces of high-end furniture, including sofas and an entertainment center.  

“We have toys and books galore — kitchen stuff and coffee tables,” Dunlap said. “We have a beautiful glass-top table with stools and some of the prettiest clothes I’ve ever seen.”

The sale will be held at the Elks Lodge on Elks Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, the sale will be outside only; the indoor sale will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Because of the high number of items for sale, Dunlap said she hopes people make a point to stop by at least once over the weekend.

“These puppies and kitties need some money,” Dunlap said. “They really do.”

For more information, call (936) 295-4666.

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