Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | May 26, 2010

Thrift Shop Project Supports our Homeless Pets

Abby the Absolutely Awesome

Hi Pet Column Readers, my name is Abby, your host for today’s Pet Column.  I am a lovely and good-natured Boxer/Bull mix with exceptional good manners and temperament.  I greatly enjoy being outside and lately while taking walks from the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter I have noticed a great deal of activity at the Second Chance Thrift Shop.  The Thrift Shop is what provides the Shelter with the financial means to care for me until I am adopted into a forever family – thus I take great interest in it.    So I caught up with the Business Manager for Second Chance, Dick Caldwell, who I was told was in charge of the Thrift Shop Project, to see what all the hub-bub was about.  It turns out that the Thrift Shop floods rather significantly as a result of its location.  Dick shared with me that, “the reason that this may have not been an expressed problem in the past is because street and highway improvements in Ridgway, done in 2006, have actually increased monsoonal and spring thaw runoff onto Thrift Shop property, putting the building at greater risk.” So Second Chance was able to secure a few grants to provide them the financial means to address this issue, as well address the ongoing challenge presented by the limited storage space of the Shop.  Thus the project encompasses several phases.  The first phase was completed last November when the south-side and driveway drainage were corrected.  The next phase was initiated in May and involved west-side drainage improvements and completion of a drainage system across neighboring property.  The final phase of solving the drainage issues will occur when paving of the parking area is completed in mid-June.

Regarding storage issues, Second Chance has had to incur additional operational costs and use of resources by utilizing offsite storage.  Additionally larger donated items have traditionally had to be priced low to ensure same day sale.  The addition of a 400 sq. ft. storage building at the northwest corner of the existing building will reduce operating costs and increase sales by eradicating these issues as well as provide a better opportunity for the Shop staff to accept large item donations, like appliances  and furniture.

Caldwell expressed a concern regarding the “business down-time or impact during construction” and expressed aspirations that Thrift Shop patrons will be patient and understanding during this project and , when feasible, temporarily choose to park off-site until completion.  He also shared that, “ultimately, this project will produce a great benefit to donors and shoppers of the Shop as the obstacles at the front door resulting from poor drainage (such as the ice skating rink in the winter and the mud pit in the spring) will be eliminated”.

Caldwell wanted me to assure Pet Column readers that the grants provided for this project will result in minimal non-grant resources being diverted toward its completion and Shelter pets like me will not notice a change in the level of care and attention that we receive.  So I am feeling good about it all and know that this entire project ultimately is for the benefit of me and the homeless pets that will arrive after I am happily settling into my new forever home – could it be your home?  Come meet me today!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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