Thrift Store Benefits Homeless Pets

New Riverside thrift store opening March 1 will benefit homeless animals at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, and seeks donations of salable merchandise and volunteers to work in the store

With Spring Cleaning right around the corner, what better way to help homeless pets than to donate your unwanted belongings to a thrift store that will benefit shelter animals?

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (MSRPAC), a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter for cats and dogs, will open the Pet Adoption Center Thrift Store on March 1 at 6065 Magnolia Ave. in Magnolia Town Center Shopping Center in Riverside, next door to Star Dental Group. The store features a bright 2000 sqare foot showroom in a corner location, with ample parking and easy access from Jurupa Ave. The store will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Revenue generated by Pet Adoption Center Thrift Store will help support the cats and dogs at MSRPAC as they await their loving, responsible homes. At the same time, the store will benefit residents of the Riverside area by providing another resource for bargain shopping.

MSRPAC is now accepting donated items to stock the store. So, get a jump on your spring cleaning! Go through those closets and cabinets, change that décor. Free up square footage in your garage, or downsize that self-storage unit! Then donate your treasures to Pet Adoption Center Thrift Store. All donations are tax deductible.

The store accepts the following: clothes, shoes, purses, small appliances in working order, furniture, home decor, housewares, artwork, lamps, jewelry, luggage, photography equipment, lawn furniture and decor, toys, camping equipment, sporting goods, small tools, pet supplies, and more.

The store will not accept mattresses, computers and all related equipment, and potentially hazardous items (e.g., paint, batteries, etc.).

Donations may be dropped off every day at the Thrift Store from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, 6165 Industrial Ave. in Riverside from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Volunteers Wanted

Pet Adoption Center Thrift Store also seeks retail-minded volunteers to help staff the store. Duties will include receiving, sorting, pricing and stocking merchandise, merchandising, assisting customers, cashiering, and store cleaning. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

For more information on making donations or volunteering at the store, call MSRPAC at 951-688-4340 ext. 300.

The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center is a non-profit, public benefit charitable organization serving communities in Riverside County and beyond. As the largest no-kill pet adoption organization in Riverside County, the Center accepts owner turn-ins of cats and dogs and transfers from local animal-control agencies. Prior to adoption, each animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, evaluated for behavior issues, and microchipped. Each animal also is monitored for physical, emotional and mental health, and receives ongoing socialization. Click here for more information about the Center, or to view available adoptable pets.

Press release courtesy of Jean Clement, Limelight, 951-679-6388,

Photos courtesy of Barbara Evans (volunteer for Best Friends Network and MSRPAC), and MSRPAC website

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