Yard sale helps PAWS fix pet population

Louise Manginell had dog toys tucked under one arm and in the other found a way to grasp dozens of children books.

She wasn’t halfway through the biannual PAWS Yard Sale, so when she spotted an apron with a cat pattern, she draped it over her purse and kept looking for more small treasures.

“I’m not sure if I can get all the way through in one trip,” Manginell said. “They’ve got plenty of interesting things.”

The yard sale, at Centre County PAWS off Trout Road, had a steady flow of shoppers like Manginell on Friday, happy to buy a few items to support the shelter. Proceeds of the yard sale, which will continue indoors 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, will go to the PAWS Spay and Neuter Assistance Program.

PAWS co-founder and event coordinator Deb Bezilla said the SNAP initiative helps people who can’t afford the full bill to have their pet fixed.

“Vet prices for a large female dog could cost about $500, a female cat about $200, a male cat about $125 and a male dog $250, with dogs it all depends on the size of the animal,” Bezilla said. “Last year we gave out about $63,000 in spay and neuter assistance through the program. People apply for assistance through the SNAP program, and they get a voucher to use.”

The impact of spaying and neutering dogs has been felt locally.

“We have very few stray puppies, so we have to import them from the South,” PAWS volunteer Jackie Wolfe said. “Otherwise we wouldn’t get too many puppies. We still have a lot of stray cats, because it is such an overwhelming issue here.”

Items at the yard sale were donated by people like Wolfe, who uses her attic for storage until the sale.

“Beginning tomorrow and for the next two years I’ll store things in there,” Wolfe said. “It took two SUV loads to get everything here from my attic, which looks lovely right now. It’s something that speaks to my heart, and I think a lot of other people that want to help PAWS find this is a nice way to do it.”

Bezilla said items sold at the yard sale were all donated to PAWS in the past two weeks.

“It’s amazing when you look at how much we have,” Bezilla said. “We have also been very lucky in the last three yards. When someone has passed away we’ve gotten the jewelry from their estate to sell. We’ve made some money on that and have helped a lot of people because of that.”

Hundreds of books, dozens of games and countless household items were also on display.

The Glossner family meticulously surveyed each table from the pottery and vases at the front of the yard sale to the purses in the back.

“This will take us a half hour to an hour to get through,” Stephanie Glossner, who was with her two daughters, said. “We’ve got to look at everything.”