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Shoppers flock to Rover Rescue charity garage sale

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 5:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:55 p.m. CDT
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Chelsey Werrline of North Aurora was volunteering at the Great Annual Rover Rescue Garage Sale on Saturday when she took time to do some shopping of her own. The sale raises money to pay for vet services for dogs in foster homes.

NORTH AURORA – The goods were laid out all over the front yard, driveway and garage, everything from clothes to dishes, Christmas decorations to books, furniture to Halloween costumes for dogs.

At the tail-end of its three-day run on Saturday, the Great Annual Rover Rescue Garage Sale was still offering bargains galore and all to help their cause.

Teri Grandt of North Aurora is the foster home coordinator for Rover Rescue and hosted the sale.

"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year," Grandt said. "We generally make about $5,000 ... for vet bills. We don't have anybody in our organization that's paid, it's all volunteer. So all of our money – every single dime we make – all goes toward vet bills."

Rover Rescue has 50 foster homes for 60 to 80 dogs and puppies at a time, Grandt said.

"And actually, we have a rabbit now, too, David," Grandt said.

Linda Specht of North Aurora was one of the shoppers looking through clothes at the sale.

"I'm here to help support the Rover Rescue," Specht said. "It's a very good cause. I love animals and it's great to see people who want to help them, too."

The last day of the sale is when shoppers get to offer their own price for the items.

Cathy Whiteside of Elburn was buying a shirt and a candle holder so far and was pondering how much she would donate for the items.

"Since I put my own price on it, I don't want to put such a low price because I want to give as much as I can," Whiteside said. "I like antique stuff and I look for a lot of stuff that looks antique or vintage. I like this garage sale though – not knowing it was for the dogs – but I think that's really cool."

Rover Rescue will host a dog adoption event from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug 3, at Petsmart, 350 5th Ave., Oswego.

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