Humane Society thrift store marks reopening



The Humane Society for Southwest Washington will celebrate the official reopening of its Paws-N-Claws Thrift Store No. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3200 N.E. 52nd St.

Adoptable dogs will be on hand.

The new store is three times larger than its previous space and offers shoppers a way to help a good cause while scooping up bargains. The new location is a former Walgreen’s store between St. Johns and St. James boulevards — just three doors down from its previous space.

The store offers gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, sporting goods, gardening equipment, books, toys and more. There are updated dressing rooms, a better work space for staff and a high-end boutique for brand name items.

“Paws-N-Claws No. 1 was significantly outgrowing its previous space; and the community, including frequent thrift store shoppers and Humane Society supporters, were steadily expressing their support in helping us grow,” said Chuck Tourtillott, Humane Society executive director. “The opportunity presented itself, and we set the planning in motion.”

Paws-N-Claws Thrift Store No. 2 hasn’t moved. It is at 13889 N.E. 28th St.

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These thrift operations collectively raise about 10 percent of the Humane Society’s total annual revenue.