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Thrift store in Cooperstown helps shelter animals

When you walk into the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop in Cooperstown, you can get a good deal and help a good cause at the same time.

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 7:13 PM

COOPERSTOWN, NY-- When you walk into the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop in Cooperstown, you can get a good deal and help a good cause at the same time.

"The idea is that everything that's sold, 100 percent of the profit goes to the animal shelter," said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter.

The thrift shop directly across the street from the shelter, operates to help fund the shelter making up about 25 percent of its revenue.

"What that equates to is about 120 animals," Haynes said. "So when people donate here when people shop here, they are literally helping animals."

In the past few years Haynes explained that thrift store has increased profits by 15 percent.

"Numbers are showing that we're improving," said Sara Lucas, manager of the thrift store. "We're making more money, thanks to the extraordinarily hard work of our volunteers, there's 30 plus, so we're trying to move upward from there."

Haynes said the store is also beneficial for the community. 

"The community shops here, we offer low cost, but high quality clothing for people," Haynes said. "We're helping those people, while we're helping animals. "We're really a great community resource and we take pride in the role that we play as a part of the community."

Elizabeth Powell, of Stanford, is frequent shopper at the store. She said any money she spends at the store is worth it.

"I know when I come in here where it's going," Powell said. "It breaks my heart to hear them barking when I come in here because I want to go get them all and take them home. But even if I don't buy anything, I still give something towards the rescue because I know they need it."

For more information on the Susquehanna Animal Shelter or the A New Leash on Life Thrift Store visit: http://susquehannaanimalshelter.org/

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