Lebanon’s pet lovers have a new and convenient option for supporting SafeHaven Humane Society.
The organization has opened a thrift shop downtown which will support the shelter’s programs. The store is located at 914 South Second Street.
SafeHaven opened its first thrift shop in Tangent in 2014 and that effort has paid great dividends.
“It’s been a huge source of funds for our shelter,” said Sara Girres, marketing coordinator for SafeHaven. “We do run completely on donations.”
After the Tangent store proved it could be successful, SafeHaven’s leadership began considering locations for a second store.
“Lebanon seemed like a good fit for a location,” Girres said, adding that the search for the right property in Lebanon began about a year ago.
Both thrift shops accept donations of household items, kitchen supplies, decorations, tools and many other goods.
“Anything that might be able to be used, we will take,” Girres said.
In 2017, the Tangent thrift shop generated over $121,000 in revenue for the organization. This wasn’t entirely profit – there is overhead involved in running the store – but thanks to all of the volunteers who work at the location a great deal of that money is dedicated to SafeHaven’s mission.
Jodi Javage, thrift store supervisor for SafeHaven, said the new store is filling up quickly. As word spread about the store, people started dropping stuff off. The Lebanon location is in the downtown core and there is a paved driveway and loading dock area, making it extremely easy to drop off items.
Javage said there are about 25 volunteers at the Tangent store and she is hoping to recruit at least 30 volunteers for the Lebanon location. Volunteers receive training about SafeHaven so they can answer questions from the public. Beyond that, retail experience is helpful, but not required, Javage said.
Those who do wish to volunteer are asked to contact Katie Bateman, the community outreach coordinator for SafeHaven, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SafeHaven shelter, which is also located in Tangent, is a no-kill shelter which does not euthanize animals for space.
“An animal will stay here as long as it needs to find a home,” Girres said.
Because of its central location, SafeHaven serves clients from Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Sweet Home and even Salem, Girres said.
In 2017, SafeHaven completed more than 2,500 adoptions. The shelter is behind that pace so far this year, with just over 700 adoptions in place through the end of May. The summer season does tend to see an uptick in adoptions, so it is too early to tell if the final numbers will be down this year.
“It is kitten season right now,” Girres said.