continued “We just feel he has done a lot, maybe we can help a little,” Green said.
Green said the group had been looking to hold a garage sale to help raise funds for the organization, but Chiarenda’s situation spurred them into action.
“It motivated us to pull it together so we can help pay off some of the bill that was left,” Green said.
The garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1097 Manas Drive in Rotterdam, which is located near Mohonasen High School.
Guilderhaven offers a variety of services and assistance, including providing food, transportation, medical intervention, facilitating spay and neuter clinics and providing financial assistance. The group has helped place animals from private homes and rescue groups of animals. It has also done educational outreach with schools and produced an educational coloring book.
“We seem to be a very unique organization and there don’t seem to be many others in New York State,” Green said. “Because we also help pay people’s bills, the word sort of gets around.
She said the group paid 31 separate veterinarian bills last year, which has also led the group to do more fundraising.
“We find that because of what we do we need to be doing a few more fundraisers than we normally do, which is one to two a year,” Green said.
She said yard sales are a good fundraising avenue because the group is able to talk to people about what it does.
“Yard sales are always fun,” she said. “You tend to meet a lot of really friendly people and they tell you all about their pets and we have a really good time.”
Chiarenda said he hopes the event helps raise awareness of the group, too.