CANFIELD, Ohio — Angels for Animals is an animal shelter in Canfield that helps tens of thousands of animals annually.
Diane Less is the founder of Angels for Animals and has a passion for helping animals in need.
“We're basically the ultimate animal saving facility," Less explained. "We have a full-service vet clinic and seven veterinarians, and all of them have special pet powers.”
Serving the community by caring for animals is not cheap, which is why they have been hosting their "gigantic garage sale" annually for the last 27 years.
Less said this fundraiser is the shelters biggest one of the year.
“This garage sale will pay for one vet for one year," said Less. "That’s a big deal.”
Members of the community lined up outside of the Canfield Fairgrounds over the weekend to donate enough merchandise to fill six large buildings.
"All kinds of brand new clothing, bedding, furniture — I mean it is amazing," said Less. "A lot of stuff here still has the tags on it. I mean people buy things and they just don’t use it, so they give it to us.”
To sort through and organize all of the donations requires the help of around 500 volunteers.
Donna Spencer has been volunteering for Angels for Animals for more than a decade.
“We’ve all been doing this for years so this is kind of a reunion for us when we get together to do this," Spencer said. "We all have a good time.”
For Spencer, the hours she spends volunteering during the weeks leading up to the garage sale are more than an emoloyee might spend at a typical full-time job, but she's happy to give her time to what she deems as a worthy cause.
“I just think that Angels for Animals is one of the best organizations for cats and dogs," Spencer explained. "Anytime you can support something like that, you should do it.”
The garage sale will take place April 23-25 at the Canfield Fairgrounds for more information on garage sale hours, click here.