The topic of animal welfare seems to carry a negative connotation most of the time, however, if you sift through all of that, you may come upon some hidden treasures.When you first walk into Eugene’s own S.A.R.A.’s Treasures, you find yourself in a trendy thrift store. As you look around you would notice many cat toys and cat beds. As you further sift through the clothes and other accessories you may feel something brush against your leg. Looking down, you see a sweet little kitten face peering up at you as it lets out a “meow.” Before you start scratching your head wondering what’s happening, let me connect the dots for you.
“S.A.R.A.” in S.A.R.A.’s Treasures stands for Shelter Animal Resource Alliance: this thrift store doubles as a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing animals from shelters where they may face an unfair death like euthanasia. Through selling old and gently used items people have donated to their store, S.A.R.A.’s Treasures is able to use the proceeds to, “provide these cats and dogs with a safe and comfortable environment to live in, all necessary medical care, high-quality food and treats, and plenty of love and attention until we are able to find them their forever homes.” While this store doubles as a sanctuary for some of the animals, S.A.R.A.’s Treasures is able to rescue, you will only find cats roaming around the store. This is because the store can’t house dogs in their store so they either transfer dogs to the Oregon Humane Society; place dogs into rescue groups where the store works with a wide variety of other rescue groups and humane societies to try to find a safe place for the dog to go while a new home is sought for him or her; or find a home for the dogs through S.A.R.A.’s Foster and Adoption Program.
Thanks to S.A.R.A.’s Treasures and everyone who donates and supports its cause, the store has rescued 960 dogs and 778 cats from being euthanized or killed! Thank you S.A.R.A.’s Treasures for giving these homeless animals a second chance at a better life!