If you have visited Wanderers’ Rest website or if you were at the Canine Classic, you must be aware that they have started a capital campaign for a new building. However, in the infinite wisdom and short sightedness of the village of Canastota, Wanderers’ Rest has been turned down. They were looking to purchase a building in the business park located off Route 5 at the location that was previously the old airport. It would have provided a much needed upgrade to more humane living conditions for the animals and improved space for staff including meeting rooms, more storage and training rooms.
The owner of the building in question had generously agreed to a very fair price and completely agrees that the shelter needs a better location. Another business owner in the park was pleased at the thought of the additional exposure from the traffic the shelter would bring through the business park. A number of Canastota business owners have expressed their support of this move to me as well. In fact, it appears that the only people against it are the mayor and zoning board members. Apparently, the powers that be that govern the village are quite possibly the kinds of people who kick puppies and rip the wings off butterflies. There is a very telling article in the Utica Observer Dispatch in which the mayor makes a distinction between the supporters of the shelter and the rest of the people of the village.
The welfare of the animals should be the only concern. Wanderers’ Rest has a desire to provide the most humane living conditions for the animals while they await their forever homes. Their hopes for that and their goals in general have been shot down by the village. The petty politics of a back water town that hardly makes the map should not play into it at all.
Here’s hoping that Wanderers’ Rest finds a new home outside of the village of Canastota and takes with it the jobs it currently has and the additional jobs that this move would have generated for them. Let them be a shining example of what an animal shelter should be. Let them bring visitors to a town that would be more welcoming and supporting of their cause.
We will be getting ready to close for the winter months so be sure to make the trip for the last great bargains of the year. Our last weekend will be December 13th and 14th. Stop out to see what specials we will be running for the last six weeks of the 2013 season.
We will be holding one last basket raffle for 2013. All the money we have raised through the raffles is going to the new building campaign for Wanderers’ Rest. Help us make this last one the biggest one.
On Sunday September 29th, the Second Chance Thrift Shoppe will have a booth at the Canine Classic. We will have some of our favorite things for sale. As with the shoppe itself, all money raised will be given to Wanderers’ Rest for the direct care of the animals. Be sure to visit the Wanderers’ Rest website for more details of the event. And be sure to stop by and say hi to the volunteers staffing our booth. It should be a fun filled day with lots of activities and the chance to meet a few celebrities from the Animal Planet.
Friday and Saturday June 22nd and 23rd, we will be having a Half Way to Christmas Sale. Be sure to stop out and see what great bargains you can find. The front porch will be filled with some really special items. Weather permitting of course! If necessary, we will move the great deals inside. On Saturday from 11am – 3pm, visit with some animals from Wanderers’ Rest while you’re there. See who benefits from the sales at the thrift shoppe. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Each month the thrift shoppe will have several baskets to raffle off. The empty baskets have been donated to the shoppe but the contents will all be new items, not second hand things from the shoppe. The first three are: a doggie basket including gift certificates for groom and boarding as well as a number of toys, valued at approximately $150; a baking basket with about $30 worth of baking utensils and gadgets, and a movie night basket valued at about $25.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Stop by the shoppe or contact a volunteer for tickets. The drawing will be held the last Saturday of the month with new baskets being offered the first Friday of each month. Come on in and take a chance!
Wanderers’ Rest will be holding an adoption event at the thrift shoppe on Saturday June 22nd from 11am – 3pm. Please stop out and meet the animals who benefit from the sales at the thrift shoppe!
Each week we have an item that is on sale for 50% off.
June14th and 15th — Candle holders and candles
June 21st and 22nd — Books
June 28th and 29th — Glassware
July 5th and 6th — All Fabric Items
July 12th and 13th — Games and Puzzles
July 19th and 20th — Planters, Plant Pots and Vases
July 26th and 27th — Movies and Music
August 2nd and 3rd — Animal Figurines
August 9th and 10th — Small Kitchen Appliances
Last year, thanks to the generous donations of people in our surrounding communities, the huge number of people who love a bargain and the fabulous people who volunteer their time, we gave over $20,000 to Wanderers’ Rest. That is every cent we raised with the exception of the sales tax that NY State has to get. “Our” money helped to provide food, medication and vaccinations to the animals passing through the shelter.
Each year, the shelter spends around $4,000 for food (and that’s the discounted price) and over $18,000 for meds and vaccines. Any animal entering the shelter without shot records get all the vaccines they are supposed to have and obviously any sick animal is treated accordingly. So, we didn’t quite cover both costs but hope to do so this year.
Can’t thank everyone enough for all you do, whether giving items to sell, buy those great deals or volunteering time to the shoppe. We would not be the success we are without each one of you!!
The shoppe opened on Friday March 29th to cold rainy weather. However, that did not stop people from coming out and we even had an interview with the Mid York Weekly. We have moved around a lot of areas of the shop. Things seem to get buried if they stay in the same place too long. Many items that were there last fall sold in the first few weeks because we made them more visible. Come in and have a look around. You may be surprised at what you find! Many donations have come in since we opened. We may have that one thing you just can’t live without!!