This week’s featured business of the week is The Garberville Thrift Store!
The Garberville Thrift Store, also known as The Humane Society of the Redwoods, first opened their doors back in 1994 and was once run by former Woodrose Café owner, Pam Hanson. Throughout the years that Pam was passionately involved with this non-profit organization, it was called “Action for Animals”. Twenty-four years later, long time local community member Sara Comma, now oversees the business with the help of Cathy Bruce, the store manager for the last 17 years.
The Humane Society of the Redwoods is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in Humboldt County. Their primary mission is to prevent cruelty, suffering and over population of animals through education, awareness, and financial support! This organization is well known for generously helping people when it comes to spaying and neutering their pets, as well as spending roughly $25,000/year on veterinary bills for those in need of financial assistance for injured animals. This organization is considered the “hub” for animal support and is also a network for people looking to adopt animals.
Sara Comma and her staff focus heavily on keeping the pet population down and emphasizes that one of their biggest areas of concern are with feral cats. They put a lot of time and energy into spaying and neutering felines as well as canines. Sara states, “fixing males can help eliminate fights, and aggressive behaviors often created by unfixed animals”.
While the Humane Society works on animal population control, proper care of your pets and helping create an environment for both humans and pets alike to live in harmony, the Garberville Thrift Store serves a lot of purposes for the planet and our community. This historical business accepts gently used clothing, household items, kids toys and books, all of which help contribute to keep things out of landfills.
Incoming tourists that pass through often tell the employees here that “it’s one of the nicest thrift stores they have ever visited”.
The Thrift Store currently provides jobs for two employees as well as works with the probation department out of Eureka allowing people to work off court ordered community service hours. After the normal monthly bills get paid, the rest of the proceeds go toward keeping the Humane Society up and running.
In a phone conversation with Sara, she reported that the current state of the store is in danger. Cathy Bruce also added that business has been very slow and financial times are extremely difficult. So difficult in fact that, they have been forced to put helping the community with their pets, on hold for the moment. Both Sara and Cathy fear that if things don’t pick up soon, they will be forced to close their doors, permanently.
To help prevent closing, Sara has been actively looking into grant funding with the Humboldt Area Foundation, an organization that has helped them in the past when times were tough.
This non-profit organization has been a big contributor in helping keep both the feline and canine population under control, has spent thousands of dollars saving the lives of many pets and has done an outstanding job in providing a variety of services for our community, as well as often being the vocal voice for our beloved furry pets and friends.
Whether you are looking for affordable clothes, household items, toys, or the perfect book to read, stop on by the Thrift Shop and get what you need! Many of the proceeds from the store help fund the Humane Society!
The Garberville Thrift Store is located at: 909 Redwood Drive in Garberville
Hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
For information on how you can help support The Humane Society of the Redwoods please call: 707-923-0167 or email: Cathy Bruce at: email@example.com
Thank you Humane Society of the Redwoods for all the services you provide! For being the only organization like yours around here, we sure do appreciate you in this community!