MIDDLEPORT — The Meigs County Humane Society Thrift Shop has found a new home.
Now located at 235 N. Second St., the facility has more space to sell their goods that help benefit animals in Meigs County.
Dixie Sayre, who helps volunteer at the shop, said that while they’re not able to take any animals in personally, they help provide vouchers to low-income families who need to spay or neuter their cats or dogs and referrals to those without low income.
Low income levels, which are determined by the federal government’s guidelines, are followed by the shelter, and individuals or families looking for spay and neuter vouchers must provide proof of income, which can include a medical card or food stamps.
“We look on a case-by-case basis,” Sayre said.
The thrift shop employees said they hope that one day Meigs County can also have a shelter for cats as well, but in the meantime said that spaying and neutering can help cut down on cat overpopulation.
Mayor Michael Gerlach, who also attended the official opening event, said that the Humane Society in particular has helped with Middleport’s wild feral cat problem simply by providing vouchers and information regarding spaying and neutering in Meigs County.
“There’s now a noticeable difference in the cat population just because of the efforts of the Humane Society and just those who take the time to do (spaying, neutering and/or adoption of cats), and in some cases even pay for (spaying and neutering) themselves,” he said.
The thrift shop’s money also helps go toward the salary of Andy Baer, who serves as the Meigs County Humane Officer.
Dee Hysell, another volunteer at the shelter, said that the humane society also likes to go the extra mile during the cold winter months, and provides free straw by Dettwiller True Value Lumber from 10 a.m to noon on the first Saturday of the cold winter months. The thrift shop funds can also help get injured animals into a vet’s office as well, with funds helping to pay the cost of simply making an appointment with a vet.
All of the money earned from thrift shop profits stays in Meigs County, Sayre said.
While the thrift shop has only recently found a new home, the business has been in Meigs County since the early 1970s, according to Rita Lewis Matthews. The shop was initially in Pomeroy, but moved to Middleport in 1978, where it’s had three different locations, including the most recent location. Sayre said the new space is especially nice because the Humane Society now owns the entire building in which the new thrift shop is housed, including the upstairs portion, which is used for storage. The donation of the building came from an anonymous donor.
Sayre and Hysell also thanked Ed and Carol Kennedy, Mary Lu Boggs, and all other volunteers and attendees of Tuesday’s event.
“We’ve come a long way,” Hysell said. “We’re very proud of this building.”
The shelter accepts most donations, although they cannot accept furniture, electronics or baby/children’s car seats. Their winter hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each employee of the store is a volunteer, with 1oo percent of the proceeds going back into the community. The store can only accept cash at this time for payments on items.
For more information, call them at 740-992-6064.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.