The Whisker Rescue Society is hoping the next few days will help them save the lives of many furry feline friends.
Thursday marked the start of the non-profit cat rescue organization’s annual three-day garage sale, which began modestly over a decade ago out of a literal garage.
They’ve graduated to the 27,000 square foot Pidherney Curling Centre over the last number of years and with the event being cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year is more necessary than ever.
“We’re just so happy that we can have it,” said Dianne Webber, one of the organizers of the event.
“It all goes back to the cats.”
Webber said it took almost three weeks and an army of volunteers to get the items categorized and set up. She explained it is easily the biggest collection of items they’ve ever had for a sale and more than 500 people had already been through the door Thursday morning.
The Pidherney Centre is full from wall to wall with furniture, bikes, sports equipment, vases, books, kids toys, kitchen items and almost anything else people might need.
Webber added they’ve collected so many unique and valuable items this year in the hopes it will be their biggest fundraiser yet.
“People were absolutely amazing. We were all shocked. The quality of the items they brought in was just top quality,” Webber said.
She noted in the past, they’ve raised between $30,000 to $50,000, all of which goes towards medical and foster care for rescue cats.
“It goes towards their health checks, the spays and neuters and everything else that our cats need. Some wonderful people donate and that is certainly exciting,” Webber added.
Whisker Rescue is also hosting a 50/50 raffle, with tickets costing just $2 for a chance to win up to $4,000.
The organization also has a number of programs, including, free cats for seniors, fosters and they also have cats for adoption at various pet stores.
The sale started Thursday and goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pidherney Curling Centre Friday and 9 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on the garage sale and Whisker Rescue, check out www.whiskerrescue.com.