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New Thrift Store Coming to Stratford Hills to Help Our Furry Friends

Furbish Thrift is the premier program of the William A. Harrison, Jr. Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation established in 2022. Proceeds from sales and donations to Furbish Thrift will benefit Richmond area animal organizations.

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A new thrift store will open in The Shops at Stratford Hills in February. Furbish Thrift is the premier program of the William A. Harrison, Jr. Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation established in 2022. Proceeds from sales and donations to Furbish Thrift will benefit Richmond area animal organizations.

Board Chair Bill Harrison, Mark Burkett, Lisa Cumbey, Mike Doherty and a strong working board of directors and volunteers have worked since May to get the store off the ground. “There are several charity-based thrift stores in Richmond, and it’s unusual for a city our size to not have one that benefits animal causes. In addition to helping to keep perfectly good things out of landfills and supporting re-use culture, this will give the animal-loving community more ways to help. They can donate their household goods to be sold to raise funds; they can volunteer; they can shop,” says Harrison.

The retail space at 2833 Hathaway Road, will host ongoing pet adoption events, a pet food pantry, and partner programming such as vaccination clinics, seminars and fun, animal-centric events.

“The work being done, especially by some of the smaller animal welfare organizations, is staggering, and they have limited time and resources. For instance, of the 122,000 cats and dogs that entered Richmond shelters in 2021, more than 60,000 were owner-surrenders. Many of those were due to financial hardship, which is especially devastating for seniors living on fixed incomes, whose pets are their primary source of companionship. Furbish Thrift aims to help.”

Through direct grants, Furbish Thrift will support non-profits already doing the work of trap-neuter-re-lease, feral colony management, food and preventive supplies, spay and neuter funding, vaccine clinics, and animal rescue and adoption events. “Our primary goal is to create a sustainable revenue source for local animal care organizations, and provide a sort of community and information hub in a fun thrift store environment.”

The store will open at 2833 Hathaway Road in The Shops at Stratford Hills on February 15. Learn more at WAHJF.org.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.