Forsyth Humane Society opens store and adoption center at Hanes Mall

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Thanks to a generous donation from Hanes Mall, the Forsyth Humane Society has a brand new pet thrift store and adoption center that will allow the Humane Society access to the mall's large crowds just in time for the holidays.

When "Puppies and Guppies" closed last month, Hanes Mall General Manager Charlie Gwinn said the owners left a rather newly renovated space and merchandise.

Mall officials donated the merchandise to FHS and offered them a discounted lease.

"We never could have afforded this kind of retail exposure. It's only by generosity of mall we are able to have this and revenue coming to our organization," said Forsyth Humane Society Community Program Manager, Jill Kerridge.

The store sells a variety of pet supplies, food and more all at discounted prices. Because the items are donated, all proceeds go to FHS.

Kerridge said while it's a good source of revenue for FHS, it is also a good platform to highlight animals for adoption and the group's services.

"We are able to talk to people about that, able to open up the conversations about what we do as an organization besides just shelter animals," said Kerridge.

The store is called Re-Tail and it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers staff the store which is on the lower level of Hanes Mall near Sears.

Kerridge said she hopes, "people understand that every time they buy something here they help an animal."

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