GSHS asks public to stop dumping trash at thrift stores

Thursday, May 2, 2019

If you're thinking of dumping your trash at one of Good Shepherd Humane Society's thrift stores, think again.

Thrift store manager Janet Chupp reported April 24 that dumping has become a major problem for the stores, because Good Shepherd has to pay for the city dump to take the items the stores can't use. It becomes an even bigger problem, Chupp said, when people dump only trash at the store.

"At the Berryville store the day before the rabies clinic, somebody pulled up with a truck and trailer full of trash," Chupp said. "It's a major, major problem."

The Berryville store has seen improvements since Good Shepherd's last meeting, Chupp said. She said the sewer system has been totally repaired.

"The plumbing there has been interesting. Every time we think we have the sewer fixed, it backs up again," Chupp said. "So they ran a whole new line of septic. It's all fixed, and it's up and running."

The last step toward that repair, Chupp said, is tearing out the bathroom.

"It will save us $200 if we tear it out and cap it ourselves," she said.

The Berryville store still needs volunteers, Chupp said, especially when it comes to cleaning out the donation shed. Chupp said she's worked with volunteers to clear out the pricing room at the store and now they need to tackle the shed, which is full of donated items.

"It's just something that's got to happen. If that means having 20 people there on Monday, I've got to do that," Chupp said. "We have to clean out the shed for the pricing room to not get overwhelmed again."

Shelter manager Sandra Mittler presented the shelter report for March, saying seven dogs, one puppy, five cats and one kitten were adopted out. She said the shelter took in four dogs, one cat, one kitten and one puppy, returned two dogs to their owners and had one cat and three dogs returned to the shelter.

The shelter will have a yard sale in May, Mittler said, to unload excess pet supplies like crates and carriers. She said a couple shelter dogs have been getting out in the community over the past month, making appearances at the Arkansas State Chili Championship and Cornerstone Bank.

"The puppies have been out and about in town, and they're enjoying it," Mittler said.

Treasurer Mark Minton presented the financial report for March and said Good Shepherd is reflecting a profit of $17,224 compared to a budgeted loss of $1,020.

"That's because of timing on the Diamonds and Denim Ball," Minton said.

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

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