Did you know that some of the vintage items collecting dust in your home could be helping animals in need in Lake County? For the past year, the AHA! Resale Shop has been taking items that some people no longer want and selling them to people looking for new treasures. The proceeds help fund a variety of animal welfare programs supported by Alliance for Humane Action (AHA).
“A lot of people have items in their home or from a relative that has sentimental value – they don’t have room for it but don’t want to throw it away,” says AHA! President Sharon Johnson who also runs the upscale shop. “The resale shop lets them donate items that they care about while helping a cause, giving other people great opportunities to put some of these items to use.”
Nestled near the True Value Hardware in Linden Plaza on Grand Avenue in Lindenhurst, the Resale shop isn’t what many people picture when they think of shopping vintage. The upscale shop is bright and loaded with a variety of vintage items ranging from jewelry to furniture to antique lamps and collectibles. But not everything in the shop is an antique or even used. The AHA! Resale Shop also sells newer edition, but slightly used, books and a variety of new pet toys and pet beds. Because of space constraints, clothing isn’t sold.
AHA! is a humane organization that offers low-cost spay and neuter services and various educational programs in an effort to help more families and their pets stay together. Since partnering with Wonder Lake Veterinary Clinic in June of 2008, the organization has helped provide 2,200 spay and neuter operations for pets including cats, dogs and rabbits. Johnson points out that rabbits are the third most euthanized pet in shelters and many vets do not offer affordable services for altering rabbits. AHA! Also offers TNR (trap, neuter, return) coaching and services for Island Lake and other area communities.
“Currently, there are so many animals in shelters due to the economy and the number of adoptions have declined,” adds Johnson who also books the spay and neuter appointments. “We want to provide affordable options for families so that more of them may be able to keep their pet in the current economy. Pets that have been altered do not get various reproductive cancers and tend to live longer. It also cuts down on the number of animals running loose and reproducing.”
Spay and neuter surgeries are performed each Friday and must be booked in advance at (847) 960-8689. Fees for surgery and low-cost vaccinations are listed on the web site. The organization also has offered coaching for TNR (trap neuter return of feral cats) and wild life forums for area residents.
Along with Spay Illinois, AHA! will be offering a low cost vaccination clinic by appointment only at the resale shop on Friday, September 23 (call 877-475-7729 to book an appointment). The clinic will offer vaccines from $15 to $30, micro-chipping for $25, and free examination with vaccines. On Sunday, October 2, AHA! and Spay Illinois will join forces to offer $15 spay and neuter surgeries for people in Waukegan. Space is limited and you must call in advance to reserve a spot at 877-475-7729.
This is part two of a two part series. Click on the link below – AHA! offers low-cost spay and neuter services – to read the first article.
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