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Animal rescuers staff River Road thrift store.



Byline: Retail Notebook by The Register-Guard

STORE WITH HEART: If you are looking to donate quality used clothing, jewelry and small household items, or would like to buy them, Reggie wants to see you. He might even give you a playful swat to show his appreciation.

Reggie, a long-haired, black-and-white cat with curving white whiskers See metal whiskers. , lives at SARA's Treasures, a thrift shop thrift shop
n.
A shop that sells used articles, especially clothing, as to benefit a charitable organization.
 on River Road in Eugene.

The small store is operated by a nonprofit group of animal lovers who call themselves the Shelter Animal Resource Alliance, hence the SARA Sara or Sarah, in the Bible, wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. With Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, she was one of the four Hebrew matriarchs. Her name was originally Sarai [Heb.,=princess].  acronym. Founder Diana Robertson and other volunteers accept donated clothes and other items, sell them in the store and use the net proceeds Net Proceeds

The amount received after all costs are deducted from the sale of a piece of property or security.

Notes:
In the case of an investor selling a security, net proceeds represent the proceeds from the sale minus any trading costs (i.e. commissions).
 to help find homes for dogs and cats that probably would be euthanized in the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority shelter in west Eugene.

SARA's Second Chance Shuttle, for example, takes dogs from the crowded shelter in Eugene to the Oregon Humane Society A humane society is a group that aims to stop animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. Examples
Examples of humane societies include: The Humane Society of the United States, Peninsula Humane Society, American Humane which was founded in 1877 as a network of
 in Portland or to Greenhill Humane Society, west of Eugene, where they are made available for adoption. So far, more than 100 dogs that otherwise would have been killed have found new homes through SARA's efforts.

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, giving people a chance to meet the animals away from the "sometimes overwhelming shelter environment," Robertson said. Since last March, SARA has found new homes for 56 cats and kittens from the county's shelter and from cat rescue groups such as The Ninth Life.

Robertson and the volunteers also distribute donated pet food to shelters and publicize the need for more people to adopt animals and reduce the county's pet overpopulation overpopulation

Situation in which the number of individuals of a given species exceeds the number that its environment can sustain. Possible consequences are environmental deterioration, impaired quality of life, and a population crash (sudden reduction in numbers caused by
 problem.

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, so that's why Robertson started SARA's Treasures last February.

The store had $11,323 in first-year sales, but ended up with a net loss of nearly $4,800 because of start-up costs, the post Sept. 11 retail slump and the "desire to save as many adoptable animals as possible," Robertson said.

Now going into the second year, SARA's Treasurers needs better quality used books, jewelry and decorative items, she said. If the goods are animal related, all the better. Clothing is accepted, and the group also will take small household items, but they can't be very big because they must fit in the 440-square-foot store.

SARA's Treasures is at 1035 River Road, near Tio Pepe Restaurant. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. The telephone number is 741-7253.

By business reporter Ed Russo. Retail Notebook runs Thursdays. To include items, call 485-1234, Ext. 2359, or e-mail erusso@guardnet.com.
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